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Virtualizing: Microsoft® Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana, Charles A. Windom Sr.

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Deploying a Windows Failover Cluster in vSphere

As the proliferation of the virtual infrastructure continues, companies have virtualized the low-hanging fruit and are moving onto tier-1 applications. These are the mission-critical applications that your customers depend on being available upward of 99.9 percent of the time. How you provide that level of uptime really depends on the application being deployed. Many applications must rely on redundant hardware, DNS round-robin, hardware or software load balancing, or other application-independent methods of providing better availability.

vSphere provides the ability to configure ESX/ESXi hosts into a pool of resources called a cluster. The cluster manages the resources of all hosts as a single ...

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