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VMware vSphere Essentials by Christian Stankowic, Kunal Kumar

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Fault Tolerance

Fault Tolerance is used to protect that virtual machine which requires continuous availability of an application, in the event of a host failure. This is accomplished by creating a live secondary instance of the VM that is in virtual locked state with the primary VM. By allowing instantaneous failover between the two VMs, FT eliminates even the smallest chance of disruption, resulting in zero downtime of the VM.

Functionality

Fault Tolerance makes intensive use of shadowing mechanisms. Once enabled for a particular VM, a secondary VM is created as shadow copy of the original VM. This copy is executed on a different ESXi host and it consumes its own resources such as vCPU, memory, network, and storage. The console of the secondary ...

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