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vCenter continuous availability

We have vCenter 6 installed in our enviroment.
What are my options to ensure the vCenter 6 is continuously available, in case it fails or stops working.
Thanks.
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Richardson PortoSenior Infrastructure SpecialistCommented:
You have some options, like FT (Fault Tolerance), HA (High Availability) and Microsoft Failover Cluster if you're running vCenter on Windows. For additional details see the following VMware KB article: https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1024051

And the following guide: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/techpaper/vmware-vcenter-server-6-0-availability-guide-white-paper.pdf
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Shahab GhosniNetwork Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
VCenter is a little tricky especially if you want to use windows fail over clustering!
VCenter 6 has awsome high availability options but remember these options will only work on the management platform so if you are using the embeded db you have a hard way to go!! but if you are using an external db it's as easy as reading the guids!!!!
if you need some more details just let me know
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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your prompt response.  

My vCenter is  installed on  a Physical Dell PowerEdge Server.
In this case what is my option and is there a step-by-step guide available  please.
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Richardson PortoSenior Infrastructure SpecialistCommented:
Just see the "Appendix A: Protecting Windows vCenter Server 6.0 with Windows Server Failover Clustering " of the guide I posted in my previous post... just skip the steps #1 and #2 since your vCenter is not running on VMs.
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Shahab GhosniNetwork Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
is it a VCenter Appliance? or is it on top of a windows machine? VCenter offers a postgreSQL, are you using this db engine or do you have an external Oracle as your database?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have a physical server, then you will want to look at Vision Solutions Double Take Products!

But you do know, if vCenter Server is unavailable the world is not going to blow up!

VMware also recommends it's a virtual machine now as well, and using the vCenter Server appliance!
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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
I did try Richardson's   suggestion - but there is no way it could do it.  It seems I have to do a few pre-configuration/setup before I even attempt to do it on my physical server.

Regarding Shahab's  suggestion - it is vCenter installed on Windows 2008. I think I am using a built in db engine. How can I check it.

Regarding Andrew's  suggestion, we would prefer to use the existing  resources before attempting third party resources.

With that being said - Experets:  How can I  make a Fault Tolerant  vCenter system which is installed on a Windows 2008 on  Physical server in a Prod environment?

Could I try a  P2V without affecting the existing environment?  Any another worthy suggestion is welcome. Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
With that being said - Experets:  How can I  make a Fault Tolerant  vCenter system which is installed on a Windows 2008 on  Physical server in a Prod environment?

You will need to purchase additional third party FT software.

What is a P2V going to give you?
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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
I can have a vCenter which will be virtual and can easily have  at least a HA  and then FT.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct if it's virtual.

You can use VMware Converter, and create a P2V, however you may want to look at using the VMware vSphere Appliance.

see my EE Article

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1
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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew.  How, can I create  VMware vSphere Appliance from an existing vCenter 6.0  with the same configurations, which is on Physical Box.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Use the new Migration Tools! available from VMware later this month, when 6.5 is released.

or see here

https://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcs-to-vcva-converter
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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
I guess I have to wait for 6.5  since the   This fling has been deprecated.
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