StarWind Virtual SAN® Creating Stand-Alone Image File device

Published: July 2017

StarWind Virtual SAN is a native Windows VM storage solution which creates a fault-tolerant and high-performing storage pool for the virtualization workloads. It mirrors the existing storage and RAM between the cluster nodes, which is treated as local by hypervisors and clustered applications. Fault tolerance is achieved by providing multipath access to all storage nodes. StarWind Virtual SAN provides high performance since it runs locally on the hypervisor and all I/O operations are processed by local RAM , SSD cache, and disks and never get bottlenecked by storage fabric.

The guide further describes how to create a shared storage configuration using StarWind Virtual SAN running on top of Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016.

The first step is to create a basic image file. Here, the StarWind Management Console has to be launched and the storage pool configured. Then, the hard disk device and the virtual disk have to be selected. After that, virtual disk name, location, size, and caching options have to be specified.

Afterward, target portals must be discovered and connected in the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator. The connected target of a stand-alone device will be added to the list of favorite targets if the corresponding checkbox has been marked.

Finally, the connected disk must be initialized and partitions created using the Disk Management console.

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