vmware failover

Hi Experts,

I am running a DC and a Terminal server on ESXi 6.0. I want to setup a failover. How do I do it and what all licenses would be required?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
how many ESXi host you have ??

Do you have vcenter installed ? these feature comes along with vcenter. and need atleast minimum 2 host.

check it out limits and minimum requirement for FT

Fault Tolerance Requirements, Limits, and Licensing
Fault Tolerance Requirements, Limits, and Licensing
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
How much do you want to spend on licenses, and what do you mean by failover ?

Do you want manual or automatic ?

Do you want 2 minutes of downtime, or zero minutes of downtime, or 60 minutes of downtime ?

VMware vSphere has many features, for availability, and resilience, from VMware HA, VMware DRS, vMotion, VMware FT

Also do you have shared storage, a NAS or SAN to host the VMs.

see below

VMware vSphere Availability Features

VMware vMotion - Migrate Virtual Machines with Zero Downtime


VMware vMotion Product Brief


VMware High Availability - Decrease Downtime and Reduce Risk


VMware High Availability (HA) Product Briefs


VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) - Dynamic Resource Balancing


VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Product Briefs


VMware Fault Tolerance - Deliver 24 X 7 Availability


VMware Fault Tolerance Product Brief


VMware vSphere Availability Guide ESX 4.1vSphere
From a VMware point of view the best and easiest option would be to use use VMware HA which would "Move" a.k.a power up  the VM on another host if the orginal host failed. But you need vCenter and two host and a SAN or some type of shared storage...

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NishantAuthor Commented:
I am ok with 60 minutes of downtime. I dont have a SAN. I have two servers with identical hardware and i  am wondering if i can setup a failover between them. Please suggest.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Without a SAN, it rules out VMware functons, like HA, FT, vMotion, DRS etc

With 60 minutes, you could Restore a VM from Backup within that time limits. Complete manual restore, otherwise if you want something more automated, a third party utility would be required. see below

or you could use Veeam Backup and Replication, this will replicate all VMs from Host A to Host B, and on failure of Host A, you could power on all VMs on Host B.

or you could use Zerto


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NishantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help. I am going with Veeam backup and replication.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Thanks, no problems. It's an excellent product.
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