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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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C.6. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Best Practices

The best practices in the following list are taken from the detailed recommendations found in Chapter 11:

  • Implement Microsoft Clustering Services to achieve the high availability of individual virtual machines.

  • Implement VMware High Availability (HA) to provide the automatic restart of virtual machines residing on an ESX/ESXi host computer that fails.

  • Use strict admission control for HA clusters unless virtual machine performance is not as important as simply having the virtual machine powered on.

  • Prioritize virtual machines for startup after server failure. Prepare a contingency plan for powering off unnecessary virtual machines in the event of server failure, resulting in reduced computing ...

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