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