StarWind Management Console “Thin” Client Configuration Guide

Published: July 2016

This document describes the deployment and configuration processes of the web- client of StarWind Management Console.

The Management Console is the Graphical User Interface (GUI) part of the program that monitors and controls the storage-related operations (for example, creation of devices on the available target servers). After its installation, StarWind Management Console connects to StarWind Service remotely.

The “thin” client allows the user to manage StarWind-based infrastructure by connecting to the Management Console from any HTML5-capable web browser on PC or Android, iOS or Windows mobile device.

Web Console components

  • Gateway Virtual Machine
    • Gateway virtual machine accepts incoming HTTP connections and transforms them into RDP sessions.
  • Target Server
    • Physical host or VM that has LAN/Internet access to StarWind Nodes and has StarWind Web Console feature installed.

Gateway Virtual Machine requirements

Gateway VM is available for download and comes as OVF or VHDX pre- built image.

The process of deployment includes the following steps:

  • Download Gateway VM template
  • Extract virtual machine files
  • Deploy virtual machine to hypervisor of your choice
  • Use “Deploy OVF template” for VMware
  • By default, Gateway virtual machine will receive automatic IP address via DHCP. It is recommended to create a DHCP reservation, configure DNS resolving and set a static IP address for this VM.
  • Install StarWind Web Console feature using StarWind Virtual SAN Installer Wizard.
  • Open your web browser and enter IP address or hostname of the Gateway VM.
  • Enter default credentials and press “Login” button
  • After successful login, press “ALT+CTRL+SHIFT” combination.
  • Navigate to “Settings” menu using pop up sidebar
  • Optionally, navigate to “Preferences” screen and change the default password
  • Navigate to “Connections” tab and select StarWind Console settings
  • Specify the IP address of the Target Server and leave the "Port" value unchanged if default RDP port is used. Set corresponding "Port" value if you have configured a custom RDP port on the Target Server. Save changes.

StarWind Management Console “Thin” Client Configuration Guide

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