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The V100 is a CacheDrive as a virtual machine for ESXi.

Each CacheDrive virtual machine is a custom OVA file with a unique identifier assigned to each virtual machine. The virtual machine runs on VMWare ESXi Server and contains a bootable disk image. 


  • ESXi 6.5 (vmx-13)
    This is a hardware requirement for the default V100. If you have an older version of ESXi, please Contact Support
  • SATA Controller
    The data disk needs to be attached to an SATA controller.

  • Minimum Disk Space: 250GB
    The minimum disk space for the VM is 250GB. We recommend at least 500GB with a preference of 1TB per CacheDrive
  • EFI Boot Mode
    Requires the VM to use EFI boot mode.
  • DHCP Server
    CacheDrives use DHCP to obtain an IP Address. You can reserve the IP Address once a lease is established on your DHCP server.

To begin the installation process, download your custom OVA file and save it to a computer that has access to your ESXi server.

There are 3 steps to installing your V100.

  1. Create the Virtual Machine with a large enough disk size for the CacheDrive
  2. Configure and start up the VM
  3. Add the CacheDrive to your Account

Note: Please check the settings carefully. An incorrect setting may not prevent the virtual machine from being set up, but it will prevent the CacheDrive from operating properly.

1. Create the Virtual Machine

Login to your VMWare ESXi Manager

Click "Create or register a virtual machine"

In the New Virtual Machine window, choose "Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file"

In "Select OVF and VMDK files" menu, enter the VM name (as you like), and select the downloaded OVA file

Proceed steps, and click "Finish" at the "Ready to complete" screen.

After deploying the OVA file, the virtual machine starts automatically.

2. Configure the Virtual Machine

Note: Do not install "VMWare" Tools for the V100 virtual machine.

Once the virtual machine is deployed, you need to configure the virtual machine. 

Start the configuration process by powering off the virtual machine, by clicking "Power off".

Configure the Virtual Machine with the following items:

  1. Add a hard disk
  2. Set the boot mode

1. Add a hard disk

Click Add hard disk, to add the data disk.

The data disk is the cache. Choose a cache size based on the size of the files you plan to store in the cloud. The minimum size is 80GB.

Note: Be sure to the Virtual Device Node is set to SATA Controller and pick an appropriate SATA node.

2. Set boot mode

By default, the system should boot from the EFI firmware. However, if it is not set, the system will boot into the wrong firmware, so make sure EFI firmware is selected.

Choose the "VM Options" tab.

Expand the Boot Options and choose Firmware

Choose "EFI"

Click Save to add the disk.

Start the Virtual Machine to complete the configuration process.

3. Add the CacheDrive to Your Account

There are two ways to add your CacheDrive to your account:

  1. Add a CacheDrive to a new account
  2. Add a CacheDrive to an existing account

Add a CacheDrive to a New Account

For information on how to add a CacheDrive to a new account, please refer to the article Morro Account Sign Up.

Add a CacheDrive to an Existing Account

For information on how to add a CacheDrive to an existing account, please refer to the article Add Gateway (CacheDrive).

After adding the drive, the system will show that there is an invalid disk attached. Follow the final steps to complete the VM installation process.

Final Steps

After adding the virtual CacheDrive to your account, you need to go back into ESXi and remove the boot disk provided by Morro Data in the VM image.

  1. Power down the VM if it's is running. 

  2. Select your VM and click Edit.

  3. Choose Hard Disk 1 and click the X icon on the right (the drive size is 512MB)

  4. Check the box "Delete files from datastore"

  5. Click SAVE

Once the process is completed, power on the VM.