Emulating a Synology NAS with VMWARE for testing Backblaze Fireball with Cloud Sync

Provided with this article is a clean VMWARE image running Synology's DSM 6 with configured virtual storage.

This quick start guide assumes the following:

Some familiarity with VMWARE
Explanations of virtualization and hypervisors are out of scope for this guide.
B2 Account ID
This is unique, Backblaze-supplied identifier string for a Backblaze B2 account, something like: a0d6781e474f.
B2 Secret Authorization Key
This is an authorization key for the account, granting certain rights. Cloud Sync requires both read and write access to the folders used for synchronization. An authorization key looks something like: 00071f3ce4c9227241824d6d4b15cf1a07cc9b8eae
A VMWARE virtual machine
Available here as a .ZIP archive
An internet connection
To download the Synology Assistant application ( https://www.synology.com/en-us/support/download/RS4017xs+#utilities), to find and connect to the DSM.
The virtual machine will require internet access to download and install Synology's DiskStation Manager software.
The virtual machine MUST have an unrestricted connection to the network. The image provided assumes there is a running DHCP server to provide an IP address to the machine.


  1. Unzip the VMWARE virtual machine from the .ZIP file into an empty directory. (The VMWARE image consists of several files, and segregating them into their own space simplifies management issues).

  2. The virtual machine as provided uses bridged networking; it is (and must be) a separate and unique entity on the network. The image as provided assumes that it will be assigned a network address by a running DHCP server. If there is no such server, the settings much be altered to provide a unique address appropriate to the network on which it is running (the same network as the host machine). If at all possible, leave the VM as using bridged networking.

  3. Start the virtual machine. The console will show some opening graphics, and eventually end up looking like:

    Very Boring Screen Shot

    This initially unpromising screen is exactly the right display; the console will not update after this point.

  4. Download, install, and run the Synology Assistant application to find and connect to the VM.

  5. From this point, please see the directions for using the Backblaze Fireball (provided separately). Those directions refer to credentials available from the Fireball order itself (for the DSM login and the shared data folder. For the VM, those credentials are:

    DSM username: backblaze
    DSM password: violet
    Shared Folder (DataForB2) password: backblaze