StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance Installation Guide with Hyper-V

Published: April 2017

StarWind Linux-based Virtual Storage Appliance is the best opportunity to quickly deploy StarWind Virtual SAN to test its features and functionality without having to change current infrastructure. Linux-based VSA supports all industry-standard hypervisors like Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer and KVM and includes Web Management Console allowing to use any convenient HTML5-capable browser. StarWind VSA is easy in deployment and management requiring no special skills from the IT team.

This guide describes how to deploy and configure StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance with Hyper-V.

The required components are StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance and Linux virtual machine with StarWind Virtual SAN installed.

StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance VM requires at least 4 virtual processors with 2 GHz reserved, at least 4 GB of RAM, 3 NIC ports dedicated as separate vSwitches for management, StarWind synchronization and iSCSI traffic to ensure the proper functioning of VSA.

The first step is to create a new VM using Hyper-V manager where a name, location, generation and the amount of RAM for the VM can be specified.

Next step is configuring the VM. Here, a network adapter for iSCSI and synchronization purposes must be selected and the hard drive added to the SCSI controller.

Further, the format and type of the virtual hard disk must be selected and its size, name and location specified. After this, the number of virtual processors must be changed. It is recommended to assign 4 virtual processors for StarWind Linux VSA.

By default, StarWind VSA virtual machine will receive IP address automatically via DHCP.

Further, the IP address of the VM must be entered in a web browser to log into StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance.

Next, StarWind VSA must be connected via IP assigned to the VM by DHCP and a new volume for the recently attached Virtual Disk must be created.

Finally, NICs for management, iSCSI and synchronization purposes must be configured. After this, the preconfiguration process is finished.

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