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Hello,

I have a two node ( active-passive ) SQL2005 SP3 Ent running on Windows 2003 Ent R2 SP2 cluster.
This physical cluster needs be converted to VMs in ESXi for test/dev.
My question is not regarding MSCS cluster installation on ESXi from scratch.
It's regarding VM conversion of existing physical MSCS cluster.

Any help will be appreciated.
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I would think you would need to follow the VMWare MSCS guides (depending on ESX version)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004617
Of course the difficult part would be virtualizing the quorom disk ...
Check the solution out here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_23613588.html
 
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I was able to convert and  run VM cluster with a single node only.
Quorum drive is a virtual disk also and I think the cluster service is still running because it doesn't need be shared.
This serves my purpose for now.
I will try to convert the second node with a physical Quorum drive as your link suggests.

Thank you for your help.
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