Deploying Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Cluster with StarWind vSAN – PART 1

What is StarWind vSAN?

StarWind vSAN eliminates any need in physical shared storage by simply mirroring internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. StarWind Virtual SAN delivers performance and reliability using commercial off-the-shelf hardware, removing the need for costly proprietary components.

StarWind Virtual SAN® is entirely software-based, hypervisor-centric virtual machine storage. It creates a fault-tolerant and high-performing storage pool that is built for the virtualization workload “from scratch”. StarWind Virtual SAN® basically “mirrors” inexpensive internal storage between hosts

Installation

In this scenario, I will use the following architecture in my lab environment:

Let’s see how to install StarWind vSAN and how to use it. First, you must create a Windows Server based Virtual Machine, install the StarWind EXE on this Windows Server 2016. In my case, this server is called “StarWind01”. All the machines are domain joined and the AD Domain is called “get-cmd.local”.

First step, download the EXE from the following link: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/registration-starwind-virtual-san. You will also receive a TRIAL license key that you must copy on StarWind01. Run the package and Accept le license agreement:

Click Next

Select the destination location

Select which components should be installed. In my case, I installed the full version

Select the start menu folder and click Next

Click Next

At this step, you must select the last option if you already have the license key

Select your license key

Click Next

Click install to continue with the installation

Wait a few seconds

Click finish to launch the StarWind Management Console

StarWind is installed.

You must select a storage pool on StarWind01. Click “Choose Path…”

Select the pool

Click Open to launch the home page.

StarWind is up and running

Conclusion

In this part, we installed StarWind vSAN on a dedicated Windows Server 2016. In the next part, we will describe how to configure StarWind vSAN and how to create the Hyper-V Cluster. To finish, we will configure the Hyper-V Cluster to use StarWind vSAN.

 

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I work as a System Engineer, based in Switzerland with a primary focus on Microsoft technologies. I have 7 years experience in administering Windows Servers. . I am a Microsoft MVP for Cloud & Datacenter Management. I also received the PowerShell Hero 2016 award by PowerShell.0rg. And finally, I am "MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure", "MCSA: Windows Servers" and "Administering & Deploying SCCM" certified.