VMware ESXi 6.5 Setup for Virtualized FreeNAS 9 Installation

Just a quick post today.  Last week I wrote in detail about the NAS that I setup at the start of the year.  It’s been a really fun project – in particular getting FreeNAS running smoothe and stable in a virtual machine using hardware pass-through.

As promised last week I’ve created some detailed videos that look at how to get a fresh ESXi 6.5 installation ready for my hardware (including integration with the Realtek 8110 network card that isn’t supported by default in the latest versions of VMware) and how to configure your FreeNAS installation to be ready to serve iSCSI RAID disks to a hypervisor of your choice.

Rather than go through everything in detail here I’ve created a couple of videos to talk you through the process – check them out below.


4 thoughts on “VMware ESXi 6.5 Setup for Virtualized FreeNAS 9 Installation

  1. Hi, You mentioned in your video you would talk about improving performance in another video, but I guess that never happened? I’m looking to improve read performance over SMB. I have 10Gig NICs, and disk array that can read/write well over 1GB/s, but SMB gives me only ~120 read and ~150MB/s write (when on 10Gig), or ~90 read and 105 write (when on 1Gig). I have not tuned ZFS/ARC or the FreeBSD kernel yet. So these figures are with default values.


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