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Installing Azure StorSimple 1200 Virtual Appliance

 

 

In this blog post I will take you through the installation process of a StorSimple virtual appliance and attach the iSCSI storage to a file server.

 

With StorSimple, you can take advantage of:
Tiering: As your data ages, automatically tier it and move it from solid-state disk to spinning hard drive to the cloud
Local volume: Ensure any primary data that you specify as local will stay on the physical StorSimple device
Cloud snapshot: Enable rapid movement of volume snapshots to the cloud to support integrated disaster, as well as dev/test and business analytics environments
Data deduplication: Deduplicate data inline to reduce your storage growth rates

 

Prerequisites:

  • Azure subscription (free trial here)
  • Hyper-V or VMware host
  • Windows file server

 

In Azure,  search for StorSimple Virtual Device Series.

 

Download the virtual array image for your hypervisor.

 

Place the virtual array image with existing Virtual Machine disk drives.

 

Create a new Virtual Machine.

 

In Hyper-V, choose generation 2.

 

add 8 GB of RAM (can be dynamic).

 

Use an existing virtual hard disk (select the virtual array image).

 

Add 4 CPU virtual processors.

 

Add an extra network interface for iSCSI data.

Add another disk to the Virtual Machine (minimum 500 GB)

Select disk type (preferably “Fixed size” for production environments)

Finish configuration and start the Virtual Machine

Change default Password1

Initial setup is complete.

access management interface from an internet browser on the local network.

Configure a static IP address for management and for iSCSI network.

in this demonstration i have used only 1 network interface for management and iscsi data.

Select iSCSI server and join the StorSimple 1200 to your Active Directory

Head back to Azure Portal and grap the StorSimple registration key.

Insert the registration key into the StorSimple management interface (Cloud Settings)

Now the StorSimple appliance is connected to Azure.

In Azure, select “configure” to setup and use an azure storage account with StorSimple.

Chose “Cloud storage encryption” and type a 32 character Encryption key.

Select or Add new storage account and finish configuration.

 

Now go to your existing file server from where the share will be published.

open iSCSI initiator from Server Manager and copy the Initiator Name from the configurations tab.

Go back to Azure StorSimple and add a new volume, choose type Tiered and add the file server to Connected hosts.

Name = FQDN.

IQN = iSCSI Configuration Initiator Name.

A tiered volume on the other hand is thinly provisioned. When you create a tiered volume, approximately 10% of the space is provisioned on the local tier and 90% of the space is provisioned in the cloud. For example, if you provisioned a 1 TB volume, 100 GB would reside in the local space and 900 GB would be used in the cloud when the data tiers. This in turn implies is that if you run out of all the local space on the device, you cannot provision a tiered share (because the 10% will not be available).

On the file server open iSCSO Initiator – Targets tab and type the storsimple appliance DNS or IP address.

Once iSCSI is connected, go to “Disk Management” on the file server and initialize the new disk.

Select GPT partion table.

Format the volume.

Create and Share a new folder.

The new Share can be mapped from Domain computers.

 

That’s it. I will upload data to my new Hybrid File Share and wait for the data to cool down.

In my next post I will dive into StorSimple local and cloud data usage.

 

Vote/Follow ideas and development https://feedback.azure.com/forums/257791-storsimple

 

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