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Maximum vSphere™: Tips, How-Tos, and Best Practices for Working with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Simon Seagrave, Eric Siebert

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9. Advanced Features

Advanced features are what really add value to vSphere and help distinguish it from its competitors. The features covered in this chapter provide protection for virtual machines (VMs) running on ESX and ESXi hosts, as well as optimize resources and performance and simplify VM management. These features typically have many requirements, though, and they can be tricky to set up properly. So, make sure you understand how they work and how to configure them before using them.

High Availability (HA)

HA is one of ESX’s best features and is a low-cost alternative to traditional server clustering. HA does not provide 100% availability of VMs, but rather provides higher availability by rapidly recovering VMs on failed hosts. The ...

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