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Virtualizing Microsoft® Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere® by Alex Fontana, Matt Liebowitz

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Chapter 5. Virtualizing Windows Failover Clusters

Providing high availability for the majority of applications can be fairly trivial when they are virtualized using VMware vSphere. vSphere High Availability (vSphere HA) provides a simple yet powerful solution for applications that might not have any other means of high availability. For applications that can be clustered using Windows Failover Cluster, there is inevitably a decision to be made as to which solution provides the most acceptable availability. In this chapter we will take a look at the need for high availability, what each solution can provide, and the management overhead associated with each. We will then discuss the design considerations for deploying failover clusters on vSphere ...

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