Using DRS without HA

Using DRS without HA

In our environment DRS is enable but HA is not.
I wonder if DRS by itself can handle the scenario when an ESX host crashes.

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Thank you
jskfanAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
NO. You need to enable HA. VMware HA is responsible for starting VMs, on other hosts, when Host fail.

How can a server know its going to crash to migrate live VMs off before it crashes.

VMware DRS cannot time travel and see into the future.

Further reading...


http://www.vmware.com/products/high-availability/overview.html

VMware High Availability (HA) Product Briefs

http://www.vmware.com/pdf/ha_datasheet.pdf
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-High-Availability-DS-EN.pdf

VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) - Dynamic Resource Balancing

http://www.vmware.com/products/drs/overview.html

VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Product Briefs

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware-Distributed-Resource-Scheduler-DRS-DS-EN.pdf
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_drs_wp.pdf
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bluedanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It will not because DRS is used for load balances VMs across the ESX/ESXi hosts. To protected the VMs running on your ESX hosts, you will need HA.

If you have 10 VMs running on the ESX hosts and this host crashed, all VMs will be down.

If you have HA enabled between ESX hosts in the cluster, if the above ESX hosts crashed, 10 VMs will be automatically moved and started up on other ESX hosts in the cluster.

Hope this helps.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
thanks
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