Starwind VSA HA

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by danswartz, May 27, 2019.

  1. danswartz

    danswartz 2[H]4U

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    So for a couple of weeks now, my home lab has been running a completely HA iSCSI datastore on two ESXi 6.7 hosts. Each one has a starwind VSA on local SSD. The actual files where the datastore resides are a pair of 1TB NVME drives (one on each host.) Each ESXi host sees two paths, one to each target. I have done multiple tests involving killing a VSA on one host, or outright power-cycling a ESXi host, and everything keeps humming along. The replication link between the two hosts is a pair of 50gb melllanox cards, and I'm getting damn good performance. Since this is for home lab use, I got an NFR license. I had a few glitches getting going, but the starwind folks on their forum have been extremely responsive and helpful.
     
  2. Schmeisser

    Schmeisser n00b

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    Why did you ended up choosing StarWind?
    I am building a homelab and deciding what software-defined storage choose for 2-3 hosts.
     
  3. FLECOM

    FLECOM Modder(ator) & [H]ardest Folder Evar Staff Member

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    I have a pair of starwind nodes running on hyper-v core, also nfr, works great
     
  4. danswartz

    danswartz 2[H]4U

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    This was the only plug&play HA solution I could find (especially for two nodes). Everything else either works best with many more nodes than 2, or requires some kind of home-brew setup...
     
  5. westrock2000

    westrock2000 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I tried to use Starwind to share an optical drive over the network. I was sooooo lost with all the terms and containers of containers. Did not pursue any further.
     
  6. SolarBeam

    SolarBeam n00b

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    I am surprised, that you got issues with bridging optical drive with Starwind. The creation of iSCSI target for CD/DVD export is straightforward and perfectly covert in help - https://www.starwindsoftware.com/help/PhysicalOpticalDrive.html
    Did you follow the guide?
     
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