VMware HA: Concepts and Best Practices

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January 27, 2011

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This paper describes the use of VMware HA to system and server administrators and IT architects. The paper addresses the important details of the VMware HA architecture and expounds on configuration and implementation topics and how to avoid configuration issues. This paper also discusses various ways that network and storage can be configured and how the choices affect the levels of availability. Troubleshooting and special issues like isolation and maintenance mode are also discussed. Key best practices like basic networking dos and don'ts and advanced VMware HA options and when to use them are explained as well.