TrueNAS CORE 12 VM Installation on VMWare ESXi 7

“FreeNAS has evolved to become part of the TrueNAS Family as TrueNAS CORE.”

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In this video I first quickly mentioned about TrueNAS CORE 12 hardware requirements in general and then walk through installation process of TrueNAS CORE 12 in virtual machine settings in VMware ESXi 7.0. Even though it is still in beta stage but the installation process should be the same with the release of production version of TrueNAS in the future. Although it is in virtual machine settings but the installation process should be very similar to bare metal system.

At the end of the video, I give some tips and tricks to make TrueNAS CORE actually work in VMware ESXi virtualization environment.

Tip 1: Use separate SAS or SATA disk controller and enable passthrough in ESXi. You can get one disk controller to work in VM but be warned there’s a high chance you will loose all your data on FreeNAS/TrueNAS

Tip 2: Assign and reserve specific amount of RAM for TrueNAS system as shown in the video. Preferably more than 8G of RAM as hardware requirements indicate.

Tip 3: Use CMR technology in hard disk. Seagate Iron Wolf product line uses CMR in all of their disks. While only Western Digital RED with PLUS and PRO use CMR technology. The other regular REDs use SMR. So watch out before buying NAS drives from WD. It will take forever to resilver the disk later on if you run into problems with hard disk.

Tip 4: Don’t bloat your FreeNAS/TrueNAS with plugins. It’s not healthy for your system. If you must use plugins, use ESXi to spin up Ubuntu/Windows server to host those plugins you found on TrueNAS and have it access your NAS system through file sharing.

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