StarWind Virtual SAN: Working with StarWind LSFS Snapshots

Published: October 2014

This document provides detailed instructions on how to Create, Mount and Delete the snapshots that were taken using Log-Structured File System device. Please note that the document assumes that you’ve got an LSFS device created. If you don’t know how to do it, consult the StarWind Virtual SAN built-in Help or refer to the corresponding guide from the technical papers section on StarWind website. This guide is intended for experienced Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to configure StarWind Virtual SAN solution.

StarWind Virtual SAN is a native Windows hypervisor-centric hardware-less VM storage solution. It allows creating VM-centric and high performing storage pool purpose built for the virtualization workloads. StarWind Virtual SAN delivers supreme performance compared to any dedicated SAN solution since it runs locally on the hypervisor and all IO is processed by local RAM, SSD cache, and disks and never bottlenecked by storage fabric. Also, StarWind Virtual SAN includes the Log-Structuring File System technology, which coalesces small random writes, typical for virtualized environment, into the stream of big sequential writes. As the result the performance is increased and the Flash life is prolonged.

The guide consists of the following sections:

Snapshot Creating

  1. Launch StarWind Management Console and connect to the server. Right click on LSFS device and select Snapshot Manager from the pop-up menu.
  2. Click Create Snapshot button.
  3. Enter snapshot name and write description. Click Create.

Snapshot Mounting

  1. To mount select right snapshot and click Mount Snapshot button.
  2. Configure cache settings for snapshot. Click Next.
  3. Choose a Target Attachment Method. You can Create new Target or Attach to existing Target.

Snapshot Deleting

  1. Make sure the snapshot is unmounted, remove the corresponding device in StarWind Management console.
  2. Right click on the snapshot device and click Remove Device.
  3. Delete the snapshot.

StarWind Virtual SAN: Working with StarWind LSFS Snapshots

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