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VMware local datastorage

Hello - we recently implemented 2 VMWare 5.1 ESX hosts with 1.5TB of local disk storage each.  Is it possible to use the Fault Toerance (FT) feature on VMs with local disk storage instead of shared storage? If not, are there any ways to safeguard VMs when they are not on shared datastores?

thanks for your advice.
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You can learn more about the Storage Appliance here:
http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere/vsphere-storage-appliance/overview.html, and look at docs & demos under the Docs & Demos tab.

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ok - well maybe we're ok then, since Essentials Plus is what we purchased.  I just need to look into the Storage Appliance to set it up so that we can do HA, correct?  If so, that's all we need - don't need FT.  I know FT limts the deatures you can use, such as DRS, and also takes up more disk space for the mirroring of the VM too - so I prefer to use HA and just live with the minimal downtime when a host goes down.
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Damian,

That should be all that you need everything is included in that one nice package that VMware has put together (Essential Plus).
I confirmed it - we actually do have VSA included.  that's a big relief!  Thanks guys for your input here.