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Please suggest there is any option to configure Microsoft fail over cluster (Windows 2012 /2008) on Vmware vm's with VMDK as disk's (with out raw luns). Our requirement to create the fail over cluster across the ESXI 5.1 host.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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You can create a Microsoft Failover Cluster using virtual machine disks e.g. VMDKs, this is often refer to as Cluster in a Box. This is only supported on a single ESXi host, Multihost clustering is not supported using this method.

and it uses SCSI bus sharing, and this mode must be set to virtual.

It's detailed here

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service ESXi 5.1 vCenter Server 5.1


Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service ESXi 5.5 vCenter Server 5.5
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Yes, it is called Cluster in a Box

Walk through,

Clustering using sharing of VMDK's between virtual machines
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