Upgrading Remote Server Environment.

We are in the process of revamping our remote infrastructure. We need to provide for redundancy, flexibility, fail-over, load balancing... The works...

We have a VMware infrastructure with 3 hosts connected to a SAN. We would like to have remote systems spread across the three hosts.

I have some ideas but would like to field some ideas and suggestions... We will be utilizing MS data center 2012 R2 and RDS will be the method...

What do you guys do for your environments? Just taking some ideas...
sXmont1j6Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and how much do you want to spend, and how quickly do you want failover to occur ?

e.g. how much downtime can the business afford, 1 second, 60 minutes, 4 hours, 1 day ?
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sXmont1j6Author Commented:
Figuring that I have three host on VMware Essentials+, connected to a SAN and dataCenter12R2 for each host. I am presuming the financial aspect will only be for the remote CALS. But to answer your question say 60minutes.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So you do not want to spend any more money on VMware Licenses ?

We need to provide for redundancy, flexibility, fail-over, load balancing... The works...

for what services ?
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sXmont1j6Author Commented:
For remote access services... One to make sure none of the session hosts are over worked,
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So you want to ensure, RDS is up 24/7/365 ?
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sXmont1j6Author Commented:
as close as possible and also making sure none of the host are over-worked and there is enough resources.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, so with VMware vSphere Essentials, you have VMware HA deployed and configured?

So, this gives you availability, in the event a host fails, all VMs will be restarted on other hosts, so downtime, is less than 1-2 minutes for your VMs.

What else do you require ?

"Load Balancing" of VMware vSphere Hosts or Connections on VMs from RDS Load Balanced ?
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sXmont1j6Author Commented:
"Load Balancing" of VMware vSphere Hosts or Connections on VMs from RDS Load Balanced ? - Both.  

And to answer your question, yes we do have HA deployed.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
To, ensure that VMs are distributed correctly, between hosts you will need to upgrade, and use VMware vSphere DRS.

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

If you need to load balance RDS...

Load Balanacing RDS is non-VMware, and OS or Hardware appliance function...

see here

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc753891.aspx
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sXmont1j6Author Commented:
Ok, thank you for this information. I have a really good sense of what I could do given the technology that I currently have.
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