VMware Infrastructure enables improved availability in the datacenter through the following availability features:

VMotion – Live migration of online virtual machines from one physical server to another. Regular maintenance of physical servers no longer requires any scheduled downtime with VMware VMotion.

HA – Cost effective, low complexity, automated failover of virtual machines in case of physical hardware failure to other servers in a cluster.

Storage VMotion – Live migration of online virtual machines from one physical array to another. With this feature, scheduled downtime is no longer required to perform regular maintenance on your storage array or to migrate data from one array to another.

Evaluation Steps

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Install ESX Server on two or more servers with access to the same shared storage, install VirtualCenter Client and VirtualCenter Server on a client with access to the two servers and setup your shared storage.

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Create virtual machines

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VMotion virtual machines from one host to another*

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Setup an HA cluster and simualte physical hardware failure on one of the servers (Optional)*

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Storage VMotion disks form one LUN to another (Optional)*

*To evaluate these features you need FC, iSCSI or NAS shared storage.

Next Steps