Quick Start Guide: Creating HA Device with StarWind Virtual SAN

Published: August 2017

StarWind Virtual SAN has been designed to provide the storage infrastructure with a high level of performance and fault tolerance while eliminating the need for physical shared storage. This is done by simply mirroring the internal resources between the servers. After connecting StarWind iSCSI targets to all cluster nodes, the HA devices will be treated as local storage by hypervisors and clustered applications. Fault tolerance is achieved by providing multipath access to all storage nodes.

This document provides a step-by-step guidance on creating a 2-node shared-storage configuration with high availability using StarWind Virtual SAN running on top of Windows Server 2012 R2.

The first step is to configure a storage pool using StarWind Management Console. Next, a virtual disk should be created on the selected StarWind server. Further on, the virtual disk name, location, and size should be specified and the caching policy defined.

Afterwards, a replica to the Partner StarWind server should be created using the Replication Manager in StarWind Management Console. Once the device will be synchronized, the created targets can be discovered and connected in iSCSI initiator which is used in the environment.

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