Quick Start Guide: Creating HA LSFS Device with StarWind Virtual SAN

Published: August 2017

StarWind Virtual SAN is a complete Software-Defined Storage solution delivering high-performing and fault-tolerant storage for VMs and applications. It removes the need for physical shared storage by mirroring internal hard disks and flash between the servers. Also, StarWind Virtual SAN utilizes log-structured file system LSFS technology specifically designed for virtualization workloads. It eliminates the I/O blender effect by converting multiple random writes into a single sequential write stream.

This document describes how to create a 2-node shared storage, based on a log-structured file system (LSFS), with high availability using StarWind Virtual SAN which runs on top of Windows Server 2012 R2.

First, a storage pool should be configured using StarWind Management Console. Next, on the selected StarWind server, an LSFS virtual disk should be created and its name, location, and size specified. Further, the LSFS option should be chosen 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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