ESXi 4.1 with VMware HA, vMotion, but no VMware FT.
I have two fibers in one VM host, I disconnect all fibers, it don't trigger fail-over, and no error report in vCenter, but VM guest is dead.
Does it normal? or I need extra option e.g. VMware FT?
VMware HA does not handle storage failure.
You must have a storage designed for HA and multipath to handle this cases.
What is 'storage designed'? in my system, there have no fiber switch, the IBM DS3215 just have two controller connecting to two VM host servers.
VMware HA don't have multipath? why my two VM host server can access the storage at the same time? and both VM host server can start VM guest (active-active) in the same storage, I think the VMware cluster already have multipath to tackle about this.
I've written that for storage part you must design for HA and check that works:
dual HBA, dual controllers, ...
Multipath is NOT related to VMware HA... it's need to handle SAN path failure.
The overall availability of the virtual machines and the entire vSphere cluster
are both dependent on the shared storage infrastructure. Designing in high availability into
this infrastructure element is paramount. If the storage is not available, VMware HA will
not be able to recover, and the aggregate community of VMs on the entire cluster can be
for Storage redundancy, you should use multipathing.
Vmware ESX/ESXi 4.x contains their own native multipathing software that is built into the kernel. This failover software, called Native Multipathing Plugin (NMP), has three policies:
When using ESX/ESXi 4.1 or later, there are 2 types of Fixe policies settings. Of the 2 options, for CLARiiON storage systems, the VMW_SATP_FIXED_AP is used of the VMW_SATP_FIXED setting.
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