Reference Implementation: Clustering VirtualCenter 2.5 Using Microsoft Cluster Services

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    Title

    Reference Implementation: Clustering VirtualCenter 2.5 Using Microsoft Cluster Services

    Version

    VMware 24/JUN/2007 1.0

    Author

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    Revised document:

    Charu Chaubal

    charu@vmware.com

    http://vmware.com/

    Original document:

    Chris Skinner

    ccskinner@vmware.com

    Tags

    availability clustering mscs virtualcenter high_availability

    Location

    No EJECT Access

    Context

    This paper documents the steps to successfully implement a high availability solution for VirtualCenter 2.5 using Microsoft's cluster services. There are some basic requirements to start the process. Microsoft requires Active Directory for cluster services. Additionally, Windows 2003 Enterprise server or higher will be necessary.

    Actors

    VMware Certified Professionals, VirtualCenter Management / Sysadmin / Operations / Backup Operators

    References

    Original document: The specified item was not found.

    Outline

    1. Deployment Assumptions

    2. Preparing for Microsoft Cluster Services

    3. Configuring Microsoft Cluster Services

    4. Clustering VirtualCenter Services

    5. Creating a VirtualCenter Cluster Group in MSCS

    6. Additional Resources

    Support

    Please see this KB Article for information about support of this implementation. (TBD)

    How to use this proven practice

     

    This document goes over the steps to successfully implement a high availability solution for VirtualCenter 2.5 using Microsoft's cluster services.  It shows the setup of a reference implementation, however, other variations would also be valid.  This document will be updated as additional configurations and options are validated.

     

    The instructions were written using VMs for the cluster nodes. However, most of the instructions would apply for physical cluster nodes. For further information on clustering see Additional Resources at the end of this document.

    Contributors

    • Chris Skinner, VMware: wrote the initial version of this document based on his own testing