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sql cluster on vmware

I have read and heard differing views on using SQL clustering inside of ESX, some seems to say its fine others do not.  It seems that there is a lot of problems with clustering and using mscs inside the vmware even though it's correctly setup using the vmware guide.
I would like to hear peoples view on if this is a good or bad idea.  Anything from their experience and maybe some advices.
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We've never had any issues from it. Most users get issues because of incorrect SAN configuration, which can occur with physical or virtual setups.

These are the Clustering Guides

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service - ESX 4.1/ESXi 4.1/vCenter Server 4.1
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r41/vsp_41_mscs.pdf

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service - ESXi 5.0/vCenter Server 5.0
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-50-mscs-guide.pdf

Creating a Cluster in Windows Server 2008
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2008/01/18/7151154.aspx

Installing a SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms179410.aspx

Getting Started with SQL Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189134.aspx

Installing SQL Server 2008 on a Windows Server 2008 Cluster Part 1
http://www.mssqltips.com/tip.asp?tip=1687

SQL Server 2008 Failover Cluster Document from Microsoft
http://tinyurl.com/SQL2K8Cluster

See support here

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004617

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1037959
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hanccocka,  what do you mean by " incorrect SAN configuration, "
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