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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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A.11. Chapter 11: Ensuring High Availability and Business Continuity

Understand Windows clustering and the types of clusters.

Windows clustering plays a central role in the design of any high availability solution for both virtual and physical servers. Microsoft Windows clustering gives us the ability to have application failover to the secondary server when the primary server fails.

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Specifically with regard to Windows clustering in a virtual environment, what are three different types of cluster configurations that you can have?

Solution

The first is a cluster in a box, which is mainly used for testing or in a development environment where both nodes of a Windows cluster run on the same VMware ESX/ESXi host.

The second is the cluster ...

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