The V100 is a CacheDrive as a virtual machine. The virtual machine is distributed using an OVA file for VMWare ESXi 6.5, however the OVA file can be extracted using a zip program such as 7zip or WinRAR.

Each CacheDrive virtual machine is a custom OVA file with a unique identifier assigned to each virtual machine. The virtual machine was designed to run on VMWare ESXi Server, but it can also be deployed on VirtualBox. The virtual machine contains a bootable disk image. 


  • 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 VirtualBox. The OVA file is a container file and can be unzipped using 7zip or WinRAR.

There are three steps to installing your V100.

  1. Deploy the Virtual Machine
  2. Configure the Virtual Machine
  3. Add the CacheDrive to your Account


1. Deploy the Virtual Machine

Launch VirtualBox and choose File->Import Appliance

In the Import Appliance window, enter the path to the OVF file or click the browse button to choose from the explorer window.

Check the Appliance Settings. Click Import to continue.

Do not start the virtual machine until completing step 2.

2. Configuring the Virtual Machine

Right click on the Virtual Machine and click Settings

2a. Rename the VirtualMachine

Choose an shorter name for the virtual machine to make it easier to remember.

2b. Add a Hard Disk

CacheDrive requires a SATA harddisk to use as the main CacheDrive disk.

Click on "Storage" to open the Storage settings. You will see the default disk named using the CacheDrive as a suffix.

Right click on the item Controller: SATA from the Storage Tree and choose "Add Hard Disk"

A VirtualBox- Question confirmation window will appear. Click Create new disk.

Choose the type of Hard disk and click Next

Choose the disk size and give the disk a name. The disk drive must be at least 100GB.

Click Create to finish adding the disk drive.

2c. Set the Boot mode

The appliance needs to boot using EFI. To set the boot mode, click on the "System" item in the Settings page.

Check to box next to "Enable EFI (special OSes only)

Click OK to complete the configure appliance 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 invaid disk attached. Follow the final steps to complete the VM installation process.

Morro Data will show an warning in the devices page stating the device contains a "non-data disk". This warning will be cleared by removing the default hard disk provided with the virtual appliance.

Final Steps

After adding the virtual CacheDrive to your account, you need to go back into VirtualBox and remove the default hard disk provided by Morro Data in the virtual appliance.

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

  2. Right click the CacheDrive and click "Settings".

  3. Select "Storage" from the Settings navigation menu and open the Storage page.
  4. Right click on the default disk drive and choose "Remove Attachment".

Once the disk drive is removed, click OK to complete the process.

Once the process is completed, power on the VM.

The non-data disk warning will be removed.