StarWind Virtual SAN Quick Start Guide. Installation


This document provides the basic information on the installation and initial configuration of StarWind Virtual SAN. It is a comprehensive step-by-step guide, designed for users who are new to StarWind technologies.

A full set of up-to-date technical documentation can always be found here, or by pressing the Help button in the StarWind Management Console.

For any technical inquiries please visit our online community, Frequently Asked Questions page, or use the support form to contact our technical support department. Pre-Configuring the Servers

Downloading, Installing, and Registering the Software

1. Download the StarWind setup executable file from the official website page:

NOTE: The setup file is unified for x86 and x64 systems, as well as for all StarWind Virtual SAN deployment scenarios.

2. Launch the downloaded setup file on the server where StarWind Virtual SAN or one of its components needs to be installed. The Setup wizard will appear.

3. Read and accept the License Agreement.


Click Next to continue.

4. Carefully read the information about the new features and improvements. Red text indicates warnings for users who are updating existing software installation.


Click Next to continue.

5. Click Browse to modify the installation path if necessary.


Click Next to continue.

6. Specify one of the following installation types and the components which should be installed:

  • Full installation (recommended)
    Full installation includes both StarWind Service and StarWind Management Console elements. It allows users to manage storage resources of the machine where StarWind Virtual SAN is installed, as well as manage other StarWind Virtual SAN installations on the network.
  • StarWind Virtual SAN Service
    StarWind Service is the “core” of the software. It can create iSCSI targets as well as share virtual and physical devices. The service can be managed from StarWind Management Console on any Windows computer or VSA that is on the same network. Alternatively, the service can be managed from StarWind Web Console, deployed separately.
  • StarWind Management Console
    StarWind Management Console is the Graphic User Interface (GUI) part of the software that controls and monitors all storage-related operations (e.g. allows users to create targets and devices on the available Virtual SAN servers).


Click Next to continue.

7. Specify Start Menu Folder.


Click Next to continue.

8. Enable the checkbox if you want to create a desktop icon.


Click Next to continue.

9. Select the appropriate option:

  • Request a time-limited fully functional evaluation key.
  • Request FREE version key.
  • Use a fully-functional commercial license key sent with the purchase of StarWind Virtual SAN.


Click Next to continue.

10. Click Browse to locate the license file and click Next to continue.


11. Review the licensing information and click Next to apply the license key.

12. Verify the installation settings. Click Back to make any changes or Install to continue.


13. Select the appropriate checkbox to launch StarWind Management Console right after the setup wizard is closed.


Click Finish to close the wizard.

14. Repeat the installation steps on the partner node.

NOTE: To manage StarWind Virtual SAN installed on a Server Core OS edition, StarWind Management Console has to be installed on a different computer running the GUI-enabled Windows edition.


This technical paper describes the installation of StarWind Virtual SAN. In most cases, the installation of StarWind Virtual SAN is the first step of the configuration. All the necessary documentation is available in the resource library:


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