Terminal Server High Availability on VM Server
Posted on 2013-05-20
Hi Experts. I have been tasked to build a Terminal Server (RDS) for 10 clients to access an LOB application with high availability (no more than 1 hour down-time) in a Small Business with High Availability needs, without a large budget for multiple servers.
I'm looking for suggestions based possibly on 2 Physical Servers with VM ESXi 5.1 and Server 2008 R2 DC and RDS guest servers on each host with the second server being the HA server.
We can run a manual switch-over method so we don't need to use Failover Clustering as this would create the need to have 2008 R2 Enterprise on all servers. Is it possible to achieve this with 2008 Standard, and if so, can it be done with only 2 OS licenses rather than 4?
Also, can this be done with the VM Datastore on an iSCSI Storage Server so the VMs are quite small and can be mounted quickly?
Any help will be much appreciated and 500 points awarded for the solution.
Look forward to hearing your suggestions.