OVF Deployment Guide

Published: July 2015

This document is a step-by-step guide for OVF Template deployment. OVF Template is designed to make your StarWind Virtual SAN configuration in Hyper-Converged scenario easier, since you do not need to set any settings manually or install any additional software.

StarWind Virtual SAN ® is entirely software-based, hypervisor-centric virtual machine storage. It creates a fully fault-tolerant and high-performing storage pool that is built for the virtualization workload “from scratch”. StarWind Virtual SAN basically “mirrors” inexpensive internal storage between hosts. Virtual SAN completely eliminates any need for an expensive SAN or NAS or other physical shared storage.

NOTE: Due to Microsoft licensing policy, StarWind cannot provide a Virtual Machine in vmdk format, but that is not an issue since StarWind has free V2V converter. Thus, you just take our vhdx file, convert it into vmdk file and deploy as an OVF template in your ESXi box.

Installation steps:
  • Launch V2V converter
  • Convert vhdx to vmdk
  • Place vmdk and OVF in the same folder
  • Deploy OVF in ESXi box
  • Fill in the IP addresses field to assign your networks per certain NICs
  • Wait for Virtual Machine creation and configuration

This document assumes you have:
  • 2 Physical Hosts with ESXi hypervisor installed on them
  • vCenter configured
  • 2 additional vSwitch for StarWind iSCSI-Data and StarWind Synchronization data configured
  • Downloaded files for creating OVF package: link is provided in the email
  • Original VHD packed in RAR archive (Windows Server 2012 R2.exe)
  • V2V Converter (StarwindConverter.exe)
  • OVF template without virtual hard drive file (Starwind Virtual SAN.ovf)

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