StarWind Virtual SAN. Compute and Storage Separated 2-Node Cluster. Creating Scale-Out File Server with Hyper-V.

Published: October 2014

This document contains a guide for configuring StarWind Virtual SAN® on 2 dedicated servers to provide fault tolerant shared storage to a client hypervisor cluster. A configuration with a dedicated SAN layer gives customers the ability to provide both block level and file level storage to the clients, resulting in a unified SAN/NAS solution which can be used for different applications and virtualization environments at the same time. It also allows users to configure StarWind Virtual SAN as a gateway to consolidate their heterogeneous storage environment into a single storage resource pool. Backend SANs can be a mix of different SANs from different vendors using different storage media like FC and iSCSI.

The guide is intended for experienced Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to configure a hyper-converged Scale-out File Server cluster using StarWind Virtual SAN to convert the local or iSCSI attached storage of the cluster nodes into a fault tolerant shared storage resource to be then presented to the client servers using SMB3 file share protocol.

The process of configuration consists of the following steps:

  1. Pre-Configuring the Servers
    1. Enabling Multipath Support
    2. Configuring Shared Storage
    3. Discovering Target Portals
    4. Connecting Targets
    5. Multipath Configuration
  2. Creating a Cluster
    1. Configuring and Managing Scale-Out File Server
    2. Configuring Cluster Networks Settings
    3. Configuring the Scale-Out File Server Role
    4. Creating A File Share On a Cluster Shared Volume
  3. Creating Client Cluster
    1. Configuring Client Cluster
StarWind Virtual SAN. Compute and Storage Separated 2-Node Cluster. Creating Scale-Out File Server with Hyper-V.

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