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flipper

Hello, 

I found some tutorials to install Xpenoogy on the gen8 but they are sometimes old, or the installations files are not available. 

Could someone help me on this. 

I want to install it on ESXi if possible

 

Thanks for your help

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CaptainFred

Hi, I'm not sure I did mine 100% correctly but this is what I did...

 

1. Download the IMG file from here: http://xpenology.me/xpenoboot-5-2-5592-2-released/

2. Follow steps here to create a bootable USB key with the loader on it: http://xpenology.me/how-to-update-boot-loaderI didn't do step 5 or 6 as it was a new install

3. Boot the server with the USB key in and boot from it, select the top option when this appears (NOT the one with the arrow): http://xpenology.me/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/XPEnoboot_5.1-5055.1-update.png

4. Used my router's DHCP list to find out what IP it got so went to that in a browser

5. It told me it needed HDs installed, so I shutdown and installed them

6. Booted it back up again, it prompted to install DSM automatically, so I did that, took a little while

7. Configure your volume how you want, just follow the steps and install packages etc

8. Boom! Done!

 

Let me know how you get on....

 

If I have done something the wrong way let me know...

 

I also haven't worked out what to do to upgrade it when there is an update. It's annoying that inside DSM it says there is an update but I can't apply it so got an annoying "1" on the control panel icon as there is an update waiting.

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flipper

Ok; for the moment I have Esxi installed on my gen8....is it easy to install Xpenology on esxi?

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CaptainFred

On the download page there is a link for an VMDK file so I guess you use that, although not sure how that would work as a NAS? or is it just to learn it/play about with it?

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sal

Just follow this guide:

 

http://xpenology.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3132

 

You can skip steps 2 and 3 by just downloading the .vmdk instead of the .img Just use the latest version of the corresponding files from the Xpenology site, the process in itself has not changed since the guide was released.

 

 

On the download page there is a link for an VMDK file so I guess you use that, although not sure how that would work as a NAS? or is it just to learn it/play about with it?

 

the same way it would if you install it on the iron itself, with ESXi you have 1 additional layer, the VM can access the disks directly with RDM or you can have 1 Datastore per disk with 1 .vmdk file attached to the VM from every datastore. Personally I opted for the later as it gives me the ability to run other VMs from the HDDs not just the NAS.

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flipper

the DSM .pat file is not available on the link of the guide. Can I find it elsewhere ? 

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sal

http://xpenology.me/downloads/

 

I suggest you read a bit on Xpenology before jumping into it Plenty of guides in the site above and the forums.

 

If you can find the above link which is the 1st hit in google for "download xpenology" you might find it difficult to maintain/update in the future

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CaptainFred

Just follow this guide:

 

http://xpenology.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3132

 

You can skip steps 2 and 3 by just downloading the .vmdk instead of the .img Just use the latest version of the corresponding files from the Xpenology site, the process in itself has not changed since the guide was released.

 

 

 

the same way it would if you install it on the iron itself, with ESXi you have 1 additional layer, the VM can access the disks directly with RDM or you can have 1 Datastore per disk with 1 .vmdk file attached to the VM from every datastore. Personally I opted for the later as it gives me the ability to run other VMs from the HDDs not just the NAS.

 

Interesting... are you running ESXi 5.5 or 6 with the Celeron CPU and 4GB RAM or same CPU with upgraded RAM?

 

Have you split your drives then so you can use some for Xpenology and some for ESXi datastore?

 

Any performance reduction?

 

the DSM .pat file is not available on the link of the guide. Can I find it elsewhere ? 

 

They are here http://xpenology.me/downloads/but do you need it if during setup it download it anyway?

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Interesting... are you running ESXi 5.5 or 6 with the Celeron CPU and 4GB RAM or same CPU with upgraded RAM?

 

Have you split your drives then so you can use some for Xpenology and some for ESXi datastore?

 

Any performance reduction?

 

ESXi 6, but there should be no difference from 5.5 the new features are largely in vCenter/vSphere not ESXi, still the measly G1610T (got the E3-1265L for £150 off e-bay should be arriving today or tomorrow) Can stream Plex to 2 TVs with no problem even with the Celeron. 8GB additional ram for a total of 12GB, might get it to 16GB eventually, but don't need it for now.

 

Each of the 4 3TB drives have 1x2.7TB (usable storage) Datastore, on each I have 1x2TB .vmdk attached to the Xpenology VM. Planning to present another set of say 4 100GB .vmdk to it for a separate disk group with double resilience for the most important files. The rest is to be used by other VMs or added to the Xpenology VM at my discretion.

 

The beauty of this having the Xpenology in a VM is that you are platform independent, if the Gen8 dies some day and there are no spares i can move the entire rig effortlessly to a new iron. Instead of having to muck about with re-compiling Linux kernels for new hardware or trying to piece up the file system on the physical drives.

 

Performance wise I can't compare it as i have never had it running on the iron, what i do know from experience in enterprise IT is that there is hardly a performance overhead for running VM on top of ESXi instead the iron and this is recommended by most application/DB vendors nowadays. Also there is like less than 1% performance overhead for running .vmdk in vmfs 5 vs RDM, which is nothing compared to the flexibility you get.

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CaptainFred

Ah I see. So you have created VMDK's for your Xpenology to use as drives for the volume data? Rather than RDMs?

 

So it's not possible to move a Xpenology volume to different hardware running Xpenology? I don't see why it would require re-compiling Linux kernels for new hardware, unless I'm missing something?

 

Will the E3-1265L need extra cooling, ie. different heatsink and fan on it? or will the main existing fan be enough although I'm sure it will mean it will run faster and therefore louder wouldn't it?

 

Would you both mind having a look a my thread and answering any of my questions there that you are able to? http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10083-a-few-setup-questions/

 

Thanks

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