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StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Published: May 22, 2018

INTRODUCTION

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance is a pre-configured Linux-based virtual machine with StarWind Virtual SAN installed. It creates a VM-centric and high performing storage pool for VMware Cluster. It was designed to satisfy the growing portion of Linux users by eliminating licensing cost.

This guide is intended for experienced system administrators and IT professionals who would like to install and use StarWind VSA as a shared storage back-end. It describes the deployment and configuration process of the StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance with VMware vSphere.

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.

Components

  • StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance

Linux virtual machine that has StarWind Virtual SAN installed and configured.

Virtual Machine requirements

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance VM requires to have 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.

Deployment quick steps

1. Download zip archieve that contains StarWind Web Management Appliance.

https://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-virtual-san-vsa#download

2. Extract virtual machine files

3. Deploy a virtual machine to the vSphere. Right click on the host and select “Deploy OVF template” from a drop down menu.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

4. On the first step of the wizard, point to the location of the OVF template. Select VSA files and click next.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

5. Specify the name and location for the StarWind VSA VM.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

6. Select a resource for the StarWind VSA VM.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

7. Review information about the VM.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

8. Select storage for the VM.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

9. Select Networks for the VM.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

10. Click finish and start the deployment process.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

By default, the 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 the VMware console and configure static IP address manually.

11. After the installation is completed, add a new virtual disk to the StarWind VSA VM. (Make sure it is Thick Provisioned Eager Zeroed)

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

12. Next, open a web browser and enter the IP address of the VM, which it had received via DHCP (or had it assigned manually).

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Alternatively, you can log in to the VM via the VMware console and assign static IP address.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

13. Log in to StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance using the following default credentials:

Username: root

Password: root

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

14. After the successful login, on the left side bar, click Accounts.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Choose a user and click Set Password.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

15. On the left side bar, click Networking.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Here, Management IP address of the StarWind VSA Virtual Machine, as well as IP addresses for iSCSI and Synchronization networks can be configured.

16. Connect to StarWind VSA using StarWind Management Console. In StarWind Management Console, click Add Server.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Type the IP address of the StarWind VSA on the pop up window.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Click Connect.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

17. Click on the URL on the appeared window.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

On the left side bar, click Storage.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Find the Virtual Disk you have added.

Hint: The disk you have added will not have any partitions and filesystem.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere
Click Format.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Create XFS partition. Mount point should be as following: /sw_storage/%yourdiskname%

Click Format.

18. On the storage page of the disk, navigate to the Filesystem tab. Click Mount.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

19. Connect to StarWind VSA from the StarWind Management Console. Click Yes.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

Choose the disk you have recently mounted.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance v2.0 Installation Guide with VMware vSphere

20. Preconfiguration process is now finished.

Additional information on how to work with StarWind devices can be found here:

https://www.starwindsoftware.com/resource-library/resource-type/technical_papers

Information about StarWind VMware HyperConverged scenario can be found here:

https://www.starwindsoftware.com/technical_papers/StarWind-Virtual-SAN-Hyper-Converged-2-Node-Cluster-VMware-vSphere.pdf

CONCLUSION

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance has been deployed and configured successfully. Now, you can create and connect the shared storage to your cluster and work with it.