StarWind Virtual SAN® Compute and Storage Separated 3-node with Hyper-V

Published: June 2015

This document shows how to configure StarWind Virtual SAN® on 3 dedicated servers to provide fault tolerant shared storage to a client hypervisor cluster. It is intended for experienced Windows system administrators and IT.

A configuration with a dedicated SAN layer gives customers the ability to provide both block level and file level storage to the clients, resulting in a unified SAN/NAS solution, which can be used for different applications and virtualization environments at the same time. It also allows users to configure StarWind Virtual SAN as a gateway to consolidate their heterogeneous storage environment into a single storage resource pool. Backend SANs can be a mix of different SANs from different vendors using different storage media like FC and iSCSI.

Professionals who would like to configure a Hyper-V cluster using StarWind Virtual SAN to convert the local or iSCSI attached storage of the cluster nodes into a fault tolerant shared storage resource to be then presented to the client servers using iSCSI protocol.

This document assumes that you have a domain controller and you have added the servers to the domain. It also assumes that you have installed the Failover Clustering and Multipath I/O features, as well as the Hyper-V role on both servers.

The configuration process consists of the following steps:

  • Pre-Configuring the Servers
  • Creating Highly Available Storage for the Failover Cluster
  • Discovering Target Portals
  • Connecting Targets and Configuring Multipathing
  • Creating a Cluster
  • Adding Cluster Shared Volumes

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