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Can I setup a Microsoft 2 node SQL 2008 failover cluster using 1 ESXi 5 server?

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I have only 1 ESXi 5 Server.  I would like to setup a Microsoft SQL 2008 failover cluster using 2 VMs (Server 2008 Ent, running Microsoft Cluster Service and SQL 2008).  Is this possible with just one ESX host server?

If so what are the steps to set this up? I have a lab environment in which to test I just need someone to point me in the right directing.  Thanks!
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Yes, it's called Cluster in a Box, two VMs on an ESXi host, using Shared Virtual SCSI Adaptor.

See here
Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service

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it's on Page 15, Chapter 2,
Cluster Virtual Machines on One Physical Host
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Thanks for your help!  Always a good experience.

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Hanccocka, this is the visio drawing to the solution I am looking for.  I will put this together and followup with you on how it turned out.  If you see anything that I am leaving out on the diagram I welcome your comments and suggestions.  Thanks!
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