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StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi setup

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StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi allows companies to extend their storage infrastructures in the cloud with a cost-effective solution for backup, replication or archival purposes.

The StarWind solution provides the capability to securely transfer on-premises data to Wasabi cloud object storage offering a scalable storage infrastructure. Wasabi provides storage capabilities S3-compliant with a speed up to 6x faster than Amazon S3 with a worthwhile pricing.

You can integrate StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi within your infrastructure with no need to change your configuration. You can implement your DR site relying on a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective storage infrastructure.

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Create a Wasabi Bucket

Before storing data on Wasabi, you need to create a Bucket.

Open your preferred browser and type the address https://wasabi.com. Click on the Sign In link in the top right to access the Wasabi management console. Enter your credentials and click Sign In.

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If you don't have any storage object configured, click Create Bucket button to configure a new one.

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Specify a Bucket Name and select the Region. Click Next.

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Depending on your requirements, you can enable Bucket Versioning and Bucket Logging capabilities. Click Next.

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Click Create Bucket to create the new object storage.

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The Bucket has been created sucessfully.

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Create the Access Keys

In the Object Storage area, click on menu icon and select Access Keys.

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Write down Access Key and Secret Key because you will need such keys to configure the access to your Wasabi's Bucket.

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Install StarWind software

Download the StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi from StarWind website and run the installer.

Accept the EULA and click Next.

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Click Next to continue.

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Leave default location and click Next.

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Select options to install (Full installation in the example) then click Next.

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Leave default and click Next.

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Click Next to continue.

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Based on your license requirement, select the appropriate option then click Next.

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If you have already a valid license key, click Browse and select the license file. Click Next.

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The license details are displayed. Click Next.

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Click Install to proceed with the installation.

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StarWind software is being installed.

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When the installation has completed successfully, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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When you run the StarWind Management Console for the first time, you need to configure the Storage pool. Click Yes to create the default configuration.

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Mounting VTL on the backup host and install the tape library drivers

If you are going to use the VTL Device along with backup software such as Veeam Backup and Replication, follow this procedure to setup the corresponding VTL iSCSI target and to install the tape library drivers.

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Configure the StarWind VTL Device

Select the current server and click on Add VTL Device button.

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Select Create a New Virtual Tape Library option and enter a Name. Check the Location path then click Next.

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If requested, enable the Fill Storage Slots with Empty Tape after Create option to fill all slots with empty tapes in the newly created library then click Next.

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Make sure Create new Target is select as Target Attachment Method then click Next.

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Click Create to add the new device.

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When the device has been created, click Close.

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Create a Tape

To create a tape, select the created VTL device and click Create Tape link in the right pane.

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Click Next.

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Specify the Number of Tapes and the Tape Type then click Create.

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The tape has been created successfully.

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Configure StarWind Storage Gateway for Wasabi

To be compliant with the 3-2-1 backup rule, one backup should be stored in an external repository. Configuring StarWind as a cloud VTL, backups can be stored in the cloud meeting the requirements for an external backup.

Once the VTL device has been configured and the tape created, click on Cloud replication link to configure your backups destination to Wasabi provider.

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Select Wasabi Cloud Storage and click Next.

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Enter the Access Key ID and the Secret Access Key previously created as well as the Bucket Name. Specify the Region and click Next.

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Click Apply to save the configuration.

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Store backup on Wasabi

Configure a new Backup Job in your backup solution (Veeam in the example) using StarWind VTL, and run the backup.

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The backup is being performed.

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Depending on the amount of data to transfer, after some minutes the backup completes successfully.

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Login to the Wasabi's console and access the configured Bucket used by StarWind VTL. Inside the Bucket you can find the backup files.

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Using StarWind Gateway for Wasabi solution administrators can easily store backups in a very cost-effective cloud storage.

Wasabi offers 1 terabyte free for 30 days, you can test not only the StarWind solution but also Wasabi Cloud Storage capabilities.

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