VMware Fail Over

jamesbondky
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3 servers: Main location 2 servers and branch office (120 Miles away) the third server.
Main location server 1 create 4 virtual server using VMware 6.x, Virtual 1 Wk 2012 R2 Standard, Virtual 2 WK2012 R2 stardard and SQL 2014 standard, Virtual 3 WK2012 R2 standard, Virtual 4 wk2014 R2 Standard. Branch location server 3 create 4 virtual server using VMware 6.x, Virtual 1 Wk 2012 R2 Standard, Virtual 2 WK2012 R2 stardard and SQL 2014 standard, Virtual 3 WK2012 R2 standard, Virtual 4 wk2014 R2 Standard.

Can VMware replicate the database from the main office to the branch, if on the main location server 1 fail, we can continue our business with out any down time using the server 3 from the branch?
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You don't specify what kind of connectivity you  have between these sites or what kind of storage solution you use.

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Connectivity: Internet Upload/download 50megabits. Storage Server1 and 3 HP Proliant DL 380 total 16 drive bays drive using 5 bays 1 TB Raid 5 (Hot Plug Drive)
OK. As the connectivity between the sites is very limited, you can never expect a solution that has no downtime. Not possible.

VMWare replication or VMWare SRM is probably not a good solution because this is meant as a Disaster Recovery solution and not as a solution for High Availability.

You probably should look into asynchronous SQL server database replication. This will give you the least downtime and least data loss in case of a complete site failure.

But why don't you implement vSphere High Availability between server 1 and 2 on the main site?
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You have no shared storage I would look at VM failover eg look at Vision Solutions Double Take

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The main building does not have a generator in case of power outage but the second location does has a generator

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thanks

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