StarWind HyperConverged Appliance: Quick Start Guide

Published: June 2015

This document is aimed for Windows System based administrators who would like to know how to get started with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It describes initial steps for launching the HyperConverged Appliance.

HyperConverged Appliance consists of two servers with Windows Server 2012 R2 OS with pre-configured Hyper-V. Also, it includes Veeam Availability Suite v9 as backup solution. The Hyper-V cluster is managed by the domain configured as the virtual machine that runs on top of this cluster.

The system is fully pre-configured and ready to be integrated into the existing infrastructure.

There are several stages to setting up the HyperConverged Appliance:

Step 1: Physical Setup

Step 2: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 setup

Step 3: Launch StarWind Virtual SAN

Step 4: running Veeam Availability Suite*

Step 5: Update drivers and BIOS


*Veeam Availability Suite provides a set of features for building and maintaining a flexible backup infrastructure, performing data protection tasks (such as VM backup, replication , copying backup files), and carrying out disaster recovery procedures. This section contains a high-level overview of Veeam Availability Suite, its architecture, features, data protection and disaster recovery concepts necessary to understand Veeam Availability Suite background operations and processes

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is the fully functional pre-configured solution that is ready to be integrated into the existing infrastructure, or to be implemented into the new one. It provides the solid virtualization infrastructure for the SMB and ROBO offices by including full feature pack for virtualization:

  • Hyper-V as hypervisor
  • StarWind as the storage virtualization solution
  • Veeam Availability Suite as the backup solution

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