StarWind Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged 3 Nodes Scenario with VMware vSphere

Published: August 2014

This document provides a step-by-step guidance on configuring a 3-node vSphere cluster using StarWind Virtual SAN to convert local storage of the ESXi hosts into a fault tolerant shared storage resource for ESXi. It is intended for experienced VMware and Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to configure StarWind® Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged solution for vSphere deployments.

Traditionally VMware requires having some sort of the shared storage to guarantee the data safety, allow the virtual machines migration, enables continuous application availability and eliminates any single point of failure within IT environment. VMware users have to choose between two options when choosing the shared storage:

  • Hyper-Converged solutions, that allows sharing the same hardware resources for the application (i.e. hypervisor, database) and the shares storage, thus decreasing the TCO and achieving the outstanding performance results
  • Compute and Storage separated solutions that keeps the compute and storage layers separately from each other, thus making the maintenance easier, increasing the hardware usage efficiency and allows building the system accurately for solving the task.

The configuration process consists of the following stages:

  • Preparing Hypervisor for StarWind Deployment
  • Creating Datacenter
  • Creating a Cluster
  • Add Hosts to Cluster
  • Configuring Networks
  • Preparing StarWind VMs
  • Configuring StarWind VMs startup/shutdown
  • Configuring Automatic Storage Rescan
  • Provisioning Storage with StarWind
  • Creating devices (DS1, DS2)
  • Preparing Datastores
  • Adding Discover Portals
  • Creating datastores
  • Turning On vSphere HA Feature

StarWind Virtual SAN Hyper-Converged 3 Nodes Scenario with VMware vSphere

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