how to test HA with VMWare VSA ESXi v5.1

I recently deployed VSA in a two node cluster configuration.  So far everything seems okay, however, I would like to test HA.  First question I have.  Is HA enabled on each new VM by default?  Also, how can I test HA?
gopher_49Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have a VMware HA cluster, all VMs in the Cluster are protected by HA.

As for test, just remove the power on one of your hosts, make sure it's an un-controlled shutdown.

Controlled Shutdowns, e.g. Shutdown from the Menu, are not host failures, so you need to create a host failure.
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Have only one VM  (non-production) running on the server and what you need to do is either shutoff power or reset the machine.  Your VM should boot up on one of the other hosts in the cluster.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Resetting the Host is not a host failure.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
I'm not sure to how I feel pulling the power on one of my hosts... I thought there was a command you could send to a host to emulate a mainboard failure...

Also,

As I understand all data is mirrored.  Where can I see the mirror copy?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's how you test it.

Data is mirrored in the VSA Cluster.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
How do you see the mirrored version?   When browsing the datastores I don't see the production/working folder of the VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's correct. VSA Management tools, should show Cluster status.

the VSA cluster node1 (LUN) is mirrored onto the other VSA cluster node2 (internally).

Only one LUN (datastore) is mapped to the Hosts via the single cluster IP Address.

It's a background task which is mirroring and replicating between VSA nodes.

Turn off a node, and the VMs should still be up.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
When you say turn off a node.  Are you referring to pulling the power on a ESXi host cluster member or one of the VSA nodes??
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to test

VMware HA - pull out power

Test VSA cluster if a VSA node1 fails eg turn it off  VMs and datastore should still function the same if node2 is off
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