StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance Installation Guide with KVM

Published: May 2017

StarWind Linux-based Virtual Storage Appliance allows users to quickly deploy and test StarWind functionality without disrupting their current Linux infrastructure. StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance Linux version is compatible with all industry-standard hypervisors, including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Xen, and KVM.

The guide describes the deployment and configuration process of the StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance with KVM hypervisor.

Components required for deployment: StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance, Linux virtual machine with StarWind Virtual SAN installed.

First, a zip archive containing StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance for KVM must be downloaded and hypervisor configured. For this, CentOS 7.2 Linux must be installed and configured with KVM to work with StarWind VSA. After this, Virtualization packages and Virtual Machine Manager must be installed and host rebooted.

Next, virtual machine files must be extracted to KVM host and a new VM must be created using Virtual Machine Manager. After this, existing disk image must be imported and the existing storage path of the virtual disk provided. Then, Memory and CPU settings must be configured and the VM name specified. Hardware and networks for iSCSI and Synchronization traffic in Bridge mode must be added.

After that, storage with IDE bus type must be added and custom storage selected or created. Storage pool must be selected to add a new volume and the Volume name and the capacity must be specified.

Next, StarWind VSA Virtual Machine must be started. A web browser must be opened and the IP address of the VM entered. After that, it is necessary to log into the StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance using default credentials to connect StarWind VSA via IP assigned to the VM by DHCP. Storages must be scanned to see the recently attached Virtual Disk and the new Volume must be created.

The Default storage pool will be selected automatically. After that, NICs for Management, iSCSI and Synchronization purposes must be configured and the configuration needed for each NIC must be assigned.

After this, the pre-configuration process will be finished.

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