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Hi guys,

I hope you are all well and can assist.

We are investigating creating a windows cluster of 2 nodes, using Windows 2003 Server virtual machines on VMware ESX 4.1.

I am wondering if any of you guys could assist as this is foreign ground for us, and would love any advice on what things/procedure to follow?

Fo example, what do you guys do about the following?

A) Placement of cluster nodes
Do you place ALL your nodes on the SAME physical host or
Do you place each node on a DIFFERENT physical host?

B) Windows 2012 and Clustering on VMware 5.x

I am not sure if I am correct, but is it true that microsoft clustering in windows 2012 is not supported on VSphere 5.x?

Any help at all on the above things and the process to configure a cluster would be much appreciated.

Thanks guys.
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This links has all your answers
VMware KB 1004617

A) Both nodes can be on the same ESX host but you are not protected against hardware failure of the host

B) Not supported but there is a workaround to go pass the validation process
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A. you can place, both nodes on the same hosts or differennt hosts. For resilience, you would put on two different hosts.

Have you followed these guides?

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service - ESX 4.1/ESXi 4.1/vCenter Server 4.1


Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service - ESXi 5.0/vCenter Server 5.0

B. This has the Clustering Support statements by VMware
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1037959

As for Support for Windows 2012, Clustering does work, but not supported, as yet by VMware/Microsoft, this could change at any time.

Reads this long Article

http://longwhiteclouds.com/2013/03/22/the-status-of-microsoft-failover-clustering-support-on-vmware-vsphere-5-1/
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Hi Tgtran and hancoccka,

Thanks so much for your kind help.

Hancoccka,

Does Microsoft currently support Clustering if the vm is Windows 2012 and resides on a Microsoft Hyper-V Host, rather than a VMware ESX host?
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Yes!
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Here a great how-to article to get VM clustering on HyperV
HyperV 2012 - vm clustering
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Everyone, thank you so much for your kind responses.
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