Virtual SAN appliances (VSA) download

For testing of Hyper-V and VMware clusters in your home lab you will need shared storage to test features like Live Migration/VMotion, HA etc.Three options exist:

  1. buy a hardware based solution NAS which has iSCSI connectivity.
  2. install a software iSCSI solution on a  pc, like Starwind of FreeNAS. For Hyper-V failover clustering to work, it will need to support SCSI3 persistent reservations.
  3. install a Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) on a server, either physical or in a virtual  machine. This option is needed if you like to test SAN synchronization or test Site Recovery Manager.

Since April 2011 Microsoft offers as a separate download the free iSCSI target. It can be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 and can be used for demo and study purposes. Mind the virtual disks presented as targets are in the VHD format.

The virtual storage appliance offers a userinterface which is similar to the hardware version of the storage. This really helps to get knowledge about procedures.

EMC Celerra UBER version 3.3  available for VMware Workstation and for vSphere

EMC UBER VNX CIFS/NFS v1

Several vendors offer trial license for their virtual SAN appliance:

 HP StorageWorks P4000 Virtual SAN Appliance Software Free trial software demo http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storage/software/vsa/trial/index.html

EMC Celerra VSA http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2010/04/new-celerra-vsa-5648701-and-updated-srm4-in-a-box-guide.html

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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