I am wanting to see if it is possible to setup a high availability cluster in 2012 using its built in features for this in a certain way. and if it is possible what software i would need to do this. I will put what I am thinking below.
what i want is to have two physical servers that would be identical hardware wise. there is already one server in place that is running server 2012 directly off of the physical hardware and it is hosting some database software and quickbooks. what i want to do is setup the identical servers with one as a primary and one as a failover so that if the primary server fails, it will switch over to the other automatically. I'm not sure how to describe this using server 2k12 or hyper-v terminology but to give you an idea of the ideal situation i'll explain what vsphere does with HA clustering. in vmware if there is a cluster that has two nodes in it and one is running VM's then a heartbeat is monitored by a vcenter server. if the node running the VM's should crash or fail then the VM's are automatically restarted on the second node in the cluster after the hearbeat times out. the users experience a slight interruption of service but nothing that a workstation restart can't fix. i would love to get that behavior out of the built in HA clustering on server 2012 or at least something similar. does anyone know if this is possible?
thank you in advance for any help.