Quick Start Guide: Creating Stand-Alone LSFS Device with StarWind Virtual SAN

Published: October 2014

This document contains detailed instructions on how to create the stand-alone Log-Structured File System device that will run on top of the Windows Server 2012 R2. This guide is intended for experienced Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to configure StarWind Virtual SAN solution.

StarWind Virtual SAN is a native Windows hypervisor-centric hardware-less VM storage solution. It allows creating VM-centric and high performing storage pool purpose built for the virtualization workloads. StarWind Virtual SAN delivers supreme performance compared to any dedicated SAN solution since it runs locally on the hypervisor and all IO is processed by local RAM, SSD cache, and disks and never bottlenecked by storage fabric. Also, StarWind Virtual SAN includes the Log-Structuring File System technology, which coalesces small random writes, typical for virtualized environment, into the stream of big sequential writes. As the result the performance is increased and the Flash life is prolonged.

The guide for Creating Basic Image File consists of the following steps:

  1. Launch the StarWind Management Console.
  2. Configure the storage pool to use the one of the volumes you’ve prepared earlier.
  3. Select the StarWind server where you wish to create the device.
  4. Press the Add Device (advanced) right clicking on the server.
  5. Select Hard disk device and click Next.
  6. Select Virtual disk and click Next.
  7. Specify the virtual disk location and size.
  8. Specify virtual disk options.
  9. Click Options button and choose Deduplication, if necessary.
  10. Define the caching policy and specify the cache size (in MB).
  11. Define the L2 caching policy and size, if necessary.
  12. Specify the destination directory for the L2 cache, if present.
  13. Specify target parameters.
  14. Click Create to add a new device and attach it to the target.
Quick Start Guide: Creating Stand-Alone LSFS Device with StarWind Virtual SAN

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