Can I run virtual machines (VMs) on my Synology NAS?

Can I run virtual machines (VMs) on my Synology NAS?

Yes, you can run virtual machines (VMs) on your Synology NAS, using the built-in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) application.

Here are some key details about running VMs on your Synology NAS:

  • Supported NAS models: Synology NAS models that support the Virtual Machine Manager include the DS3617xs, RS18017xs+, RS3617xs+, RS3618xs, RS4017xs+, RS3617RPxs, and FS3017.
  • Virtualization technologies: The VMM application on Synology NAS uses virtualization technologies such as KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and LXC (Linux Containers) to run VMs.
  • Multiple operating systems: You can install and run various operating systems on the VMs, including Windows, Linux, and other compatible operating systems.
  • Virtual machine management: The VMM application provides a user-friendly interface to manage VMs, allowing you to easily create, configure, start, stop, and monitor the VMs.
  • Resource allocation: You can allocate CPU cores, memory, storage, and network resources to each VM, ensuring optimal performance and resource utilization.
  • Snapshot and cloning: VMM allows you to take snapshots of VMs, which enable you to save a specific state of the VM for easy restoration. You can also clone VMs to create multiple identical instances.
  • High availability and failover: By utilizing Synology's High Availability (HA) technology, you can configure VMs for automatic failover, ensuring uninterrupted operation in case of hardware or network failures.

Running VMs on your Synology NAS provides flexibility and convenience, allowing you to consolidate multiple virtualized environments within a single physical device.

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