VirtualBox on a ReadyNAS

February 2, 2010 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

There’s quite a discussion on the ReadyNAS forum about how to install VirtualBox on a ReadyNAS Pro.  I installed it and brought up a VM running Windows 2008 to try a few things out.

First, yes, it works.  The performance isn’t terrible, either.

I installed a Windows 2008 Server, installed the “guest additions” (which helped RDP performance greatly), installed all the updates (to SP2 and beyond), set up a domain, DNS, added a few users, and all seemed to work well.

But, there’s one problem.  After running the VirtualBox for a while, the ReadyNAS goes from making only a slight noise of airflow to a fan noise level only a little lower than when you first boot the unit up (when all fans go to full blast briefly).

Since my ReadyNAS is located in an area that I’d prefer to be more of the whisper-quiet noise level, I’ve shut down the VM and rebooted the ReadyNAS.  It’s back to the normal noise level, but I see how if my home office was anything like the office I spend most of my day in (inside a computer room), I wouldn’t even notice the noise.

Another factor is longevity – If the ReadyNAS fans have to run that hard, it can’t be good for the life of the unit.

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