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The Getting Started section provides instructions for setting up an AWS Storage Gateway virtual machine (VM), activate it, and configure it so that you have a working gateway. You test the setup by saving sample data locally to your storage volume over an iSCSI connection, and taking a point-in-time backup snapshot. The gateway uploads the snapshot to AWS. To complete the getting started exercise, you then restore the snapshot to a new volume and see how AWS Storage Gateway enables you to recover your data.
At the end of the Getting Started exercise, you will have a working gateway with the following sample configuration:
An AWS Storage Gateway VM deployed on your VMware ESXi hypervisor host or a Microsoft Hyper-V host
A gateway that is activated for either cached-volumes or stored-volumes
Your Windows client connected to one of your local storage volumes over iSCSI
As you follow the steps in this Getting Started section, you will be using the Setup and Activate Gateway wizard in the AWS Storage Gateway console. At several steps in the wizard, you perform tasks outside of the console and then return. If your session times out or the browser closes, you can always return to the console to continue from your last step.
To deploy, configure, and test your AWS Storage Gateway setup as described here, you need a host to deploy the AWS Storage Gateway VM. You also need a client to deploy the gateway VM on the host and test the setup. For more information, see Requirements.
The Getting Started exercise assumes that Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is used for the automatic configuration of the gateway IP address. If the environment in which you are deploying the AWS Storage Gateway requires that you specify a static IP address for the gateway, you can do so. For more information about configuring your gateway to use static IP addresses, see Configuring Your AWS Storage Gateway to Use a Static IP Address.
Before you go to Step 1 of this tutorial, you can review this getting started video for the end-to-end setup experience.