Quick Start Guide: Creating VTL device with StarWind Virtual SAN

Published: October 2014

This document provides detailed instructions on how to create the Virtual Tape Library device that will run on top of the Windows Server 2012 R2. It is intended for experienced Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to configure StarWind Virtual SAN solution.

It is apparent that tape devices are here to stay, because of their ability to provide affordable capacity and outstanding long-term vaulting capabilities. Being better in terms of price/capacity than modern high capacity SATA spindles and able to last for decades, tape is often included into regulatory requirements for some companies. StarWind VTL merges with existing infrastructure and fits the backup process into a much smaller backup window. Additionally, it creates a redundant snapshot copy and meets regulatory requirements with decreased backup cost and enhanced performance.

The process of VTL device creation consists of the following steps:

  1. Launch StarWind Management Console and connect to the server and run Add Device Wizard
  2. Choose Tape Device item
  3. Choose Virtual Tape item
  4. Enter the path to virtual Device Header File
  5. Specify target alias
  6. At Creation page click Create and view the creation progress
  7. Make sure you see Device Creation completed page
  8. When VTL device is created successfully, choose Create Tape using the pop-up menu
  9. Specify tape type/size and barcode

Quick Start Guide: Creating VTL device with StarWind Virtual SAN

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