Virtual Machine Manager – datasheet

Product Properties

Package nameVirtual Machine Manager
Application nameVirtual Machine Manager
Volume selectableyes
DependenciesReplication Service, SAN Manager
Service name
Shared folderno
Home folderno
Hyper Backup supportno
Certificate selectionno
Application privilegesyes
Login Portalyes
Firewall ports5566, 3264, 2379-2382, 2385, 16509, 16514, 30200-30299, 30300
Date27 Jan 2024

System requirements

A Btrfs volume, at least 4GB RAM, DSM 6.1.2 or later.


The Virtual Machine Manager is a hypervisor for DSM. You can install virtual machines running Windows, Linux, and DSM.


Install the package Virtual Machine Manager from Package Center. This adds the Virtual Machine Manager application to the main menu.

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This package depends on the Replication Service, which is installed first if not installed.


The required configuration starts automatically on first use with a wizard that helps select the volume to store virtual machines and check if the host’s settings are suitable for running virtual machines. After finishing the wizard, the Open vSwitch is enabled, and a virtualization cluster is created on the volume.

Optional configurations are done in Control Panel > Login Portal / Application Privileges and Security > Firewall / Certificate.

For a detailed discussion of installation and configuration, please refer to Using Virtual Machine Manager on Synology.

Logging and notification

The Log page in Virtual Machine Manager shows detailed logging of what happens with the virtual machines. You can enable email notifications in the Settings page > Cluster Notification tab.

Stop and run

There is no stop or start of a service component from Package Center.

Uninstall and removal

You can uninstall Virtual Machine Manager from Package Center. Before uninstalling the package, consider shutting down all virtual machines and optionally exporting them. Also, it is advised to unmap the free DSM license and any purchased license from a virtual DSM machine if there is one.


You can back up and store a virtual machine or move one to another DiskStation with the export/import function. In the case of a Windows virtual machine, you can also use Active Backup for Business Agent in that virtual machine.

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Paul Steunebrink / Storage Alchemist

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