This document describes the deployment and configuration process of the StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance with VMware vSphere.
StarWind Linux-based VSA is a good opportunity for users who don’t want to change their
current infrastructure to quickly deploy StarWind to test features and functionality. Right now we are releasing the new Linux version, compatible with all industry-standard hypervisors: Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Xen and KVM. It includes Web Management Console, so you can use any convenient HTML5-capable browser to check and configure your infrastructure.
Additionally, StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance incorporates StarWind vCenter plugin in order to make it even more convenient for VMware users. StarWind VSA is easy in deployment and management – a typical Linux administrator will easily install and maintain it.
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.
• StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance
• Linux virtual machine that has StarWind installed and configured.
Virtual Machine requirements
StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance VM requires having at least 4 virtual processors with 2 GHz reserved, at least 4 GB of RAM, 3 NIC ports dedicated as separate vSwitches for management, StarWind synchronization and iSCSI traffic to ensure the proper functioning of VSA.
Quick deployment steps
1. Download zip archive that contains StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance for VMware vSphere.
2. Extract virtual machine files
3. Deploy virtual machine to the vSphere. Right click on the host, then select “Deploy OVF template” from a drop down menu.
4. Atthe first step of the wizard indicatethe location of the OVF template. Select VSA files and click next.
5. Specify the name and location for the StarWind VSA VM.
6. Select a resource for the StarWind VSA VM.
7. Review information about the VM.
8. Select storage for the VM.
9. Select Networks for the VM.
10. Click finish and start the deployment process.
By default, StarWind VSA virtual machine will receive IP address automatically via DHCP. It is recommended to create a DHCP reservation and set a static IP address for this VM. In order to access StarWind VSA from the local network, the virtual machine must have access to the network. In case you do not have a DHCP server, you can connect to the VM using VMware console and configure static IP address manually.
11. After the installation is complete, add a new virtual disk to the StarWind VSA VM. (Make sure it is Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed)
12. Now, open a web browser and enter the IP address of the VM.
13. Login into StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance using next default credentials:
14. After successful login, press ALT+CTRL+SHIFT combination to trigger the popup sidebar.
15. Navigate to Settings menu using popup sidebar:
16. For security reasons, make sure to change the default password using the corresponding option on the settings page and press Update Password button:
17. Connect to the StarWind VSA via IP address, which VM had received via DHCP (or had it assigned manually).
Close the popup message by pressing on the X.
18. Browse to configuration tab and click VSA Storage
19. Click Scan Storages, then click Create Volume.
20. Navigate to VSA Network Settings.
21. Click Configure, then assign a Synchronization, Management and iSCSI IP addresses for each NIC.
22. Preconfiguration process is now finished.
Here you can find more information on how to work with StarWind devices:
Information about StarWind VMware HyperConverged scenario could be found here: