AWS Storage Gateway
User Guide (API Version 2013-06-30)
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Create Volumes (Gateway-Stored)

In the gateway-stored setup (see How AWS Storage Gateway Works (Architecture)), you create an iSCSI storage volume mapped to one of the two disks you previously added to the VM. You allocate the remaining disk to your gateway's upload buffer. Data that your on-premise applications write to this volume is stored locally. The gateway periodically takes snapshots (incremental backups) and uploads them to Amazon S3.

The following architectural overview diagram shows what part of the gateway-stored setup you are creating.

Create a Storage Volume

Your application data will reside in the volume that you create.

To create a storage volume

  1. In the Navigation pane of the console, select your gateway, click the Volumes tab, and click Create Volumes.

  2. In the Create Storage Volume wizard, provide storage volume information.

    1. In the drop-down list of the Disk field, select the 2 GiB virtual disk on your VM.

      This drop-down list shows the virtual disks that you added to the gateway VM. Select the disk on which you plan to store data.

    2. Keep the Preserve existing data check box unchecked.


      Make sure that you don't have any existing data on the virtual disks. Any existing data on the disk is lost.

    3. Enter a name in the iSCSI Target Name field.

      The target name can contain lowercase letters, numbers, periods (.), and hyphens (-). This target name appears as the iSCSI Target Node name in the Targets tab of the iSCSI Microsoft Initiator UI after discovery. For example, a name target1 would appear as Ensure that the target name is globally unique within your SAN.

    4. Leave the Based on Snapshot ID field empty.

      If you want to restore an existing Amazon EBS snapshot or a gateway snapshot on to the storage volume that you are creating, you must specify the snapshot ID. The gateway downloads your existing snapshot data to the storage volume.

    5. Verify that the Host IP setting is the IP address of your gateway, and click Create Volume.

Next Step

Step 4: Connect Your Volumes to Your Windows Client