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Cluster a real server with virtual server?

Posted on 2006-11-22
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Can you cluster and W2k3 Server a real physical box to a VM as a fail over?
Same power and the real server just VM.

IBM blade server
ESX Virtual server

It will be running 2k3 exchange if it matters.

And any white paper/case studies would be great as well.

Thank you
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No, you can not do that, sorry. A server cluster requires access to a shared storage form both boxes, and that is not possible with a virtual machine.
Not to mention that you won't find the VM on the HCL.
The Microsoft support policy for server clusters, the Hardware Compatibility List, and the Windows Server Catalog
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309395
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In the pdf I posted, there is a chapter called "Clustering Physical and Virtual Machines". It explains how to cluster a physical machines with its corresponding virtual machine.
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