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VMware Fault Tolerance on a test enviroment with 2 PCs

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Hi All,

I've been thinking about using VmWare's Fault tolerance for a while and I would like to create a little test lab with 2 identical desktops workstations that we have lying around on our office with the following specs:

Windows Server 2008 R2
i5-2400k Cpus
8GB of Ram
1 500GB SATA drive

I intend to install the Esxi on both of them then create 2 Vms on each one, one for running in fault tolerance, and another in HA with vCenter.

My questions are:

- Can I do this with the free 60 day trial that can be downloaded on the vmWare site?

- Is the Storage Appliance included (VSA) in that trial?

- Can the VSA use the same 500GB drive that the esxi is installed or would I need another drive to use for VSA?

Thanks in advance!
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- Can I do this with the free 60 day trial that can be downloaded on the vmWare site?

Yes

- Is the Storage Appliance included (VSA) in that trial?

Yes

- Can the VSA use the same 500GB drive that the esxi is installed or would I need another drive to use for VSA?

There are specific requirements. One disk is not enough.
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by:ScreenFox
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I've been trying to get the VSA manager from the Vmware page with a trial account and it does not let me download it.

It says:
 
You either are not entitled or do not have permissions to download this product.
Check with your My VMware Super User, Procurement Contact or Administrator

I tried following this tutorial to create the VSA cluster :

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-50/index.jsp#com.vmware.vsa.doc_10/GUID-1F1A4FFF-D6A8-4FB1-8548-9C2C7034F56C.html

But I can't find the VSA manager tab.

Should I be able to create a VSA cluster without installing the VSA manager first?
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You will need to download VSA, before you get the VSA Manager Tab,

Is your VMware Account, and existing VMware Account?

try a new a different email address.
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I'll try that, thanks!

Another question,

When trying to install the VSA I came upon something called Virtual SAN in the options when building a new cluster.

What are the differences between this and VSA?
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