VC install in Linked mode

Guys,

We have a single VC server (VM - windows based) ver 5.1, and we wish to create a High availability for him.
What are the requirements for Linked mode (License, Installation procedure, Networking etc....)?

Thanks
IT_Group1Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will require another License for vCenter Server.

You must be using vCenter Server Standard License.

Pre-reqs are here

http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vsphere.install.doc%2FGUID-7634B78B-07E5-44EC-B5A0-CBEE842A20FD.html

BUT, what do you intend to do with it....

because usually you Link vCenter Servers across sites to provide easier management.....

It's not going to give you HA.... ?

there are other fucntions that can provide HA.....

Is vCenter Server currently virtual ?

Do you use HA ?

Do you use DRS ?

Do you use FT ?

You could have used...

vCenter Server Heartbeat,

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat is a software product that protects vCenter Server against outages–from application, operating system, hardware and network failures to external events–regardless of whether vCenter Server is deployed on a physical or virtual machine.

BUT, it was discontinued this year in June 2014!

Source
http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-server-heartbeat
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IT_Group1Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,
We'll implement HA (no DRS though).
Can I use vSphere replication?

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can use vSphere Replication which will make a backup of the VM (replica).
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IT_Group1Author Commented:
Very good.
Does in included in the Essentials PLUS bundle ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes - vSphere Replication is included with Essentials PLUS
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