Simple HA/failover for vcenter/vsphere
Posted on 2016-08-08
(I'm sure you have like 5 articles on this.... I'll read them.... just point me to the right ones ;-)
So I set up my first esxi server and have a few virtual machines running on it and got a vcenter appliance set up on it, etc, etc. I have a backup machine that I installed esxi on. That we plan to have no purpose in life except to sit there and wait for the first esxi server to fail . And then we would run everything on this machine until the primary is running again.
It looks like you can get all super fancy with this stuff.... Setting up resource groups and host profiles, and rules and what not.... My guess is that all the stuff is really nice when you're managing 300 virtual machines, but when you're managing the six they might be more trouble than they are worth.... That's one of the main purposes of me asking this question here is because I'm looking for real-world advice on what's the most practical and easy way for me to do this.
Ideally it would be nice if I had constantly cloned and synced virtual machines on the secondary esxi host ready to run at a moments notice... But if that is troublesome is to set up. I am okay with hours of downtime to get things running on esxi host 2.
(BTW I have vmware/esxi/vcenter essenstials kit license and acronis backup to work with)