We're installin a redundant configuratio in our remote office, consisting of 2 servers.
The idea is to cluster them on ESX level and 2 VMs running on it as an MS cluster.
What I'm trying to figure out is the following:
Just use 2 physical boxes with shared storage and install MV Cluster on it. If one box fails - everything goes to the second one
Have ESX on 2 hosts, configure 2 VMs on HOST1 and configure MS Cluster between those 2 VMs. If one VM fails it fails over to another VM with MS Clustering. If hardware on HOST1 fails then both machines are moved to the HOST2 and powered on there.
2 ESX hosts, VM1 runs on esxHOST1, VM2 runs on esxHOST2. If VM1 fails it goes to VM2 on host 2. If the esx1 on HOST1 fails the ehole thing goes on the second host.
1. People here asking me why do we need ESX at all and I struggle to answer that - as without vMotion I don't see much point in having ESX HA
2, What are your though on the best-case HA scenarion here, providin that there will be no money allocated on DRS or vMotion.