Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service describes the types of clusters you can implement using virtual machines with Microsoft Cluster Service for Windows Server 2003 and Failover Clustering for Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 and above releases. You get step-by-step instructions for each type of cluster and a checklist of clustering requirements and recommendations.

Unless stated otherwise, the term Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) applies to Microsoft Cluster Service with Windows Server 2003 and Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 and above releases.

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service covers ESXi and VMware® vCenter® Server.

Intended Audience

This information is for system administrators who are familiar with VMware technology and Microsoft Cluster Service.

Note:

This is not a guide to using Microsoft Cluster Service or Failover Clustering. Use your Microsoft documentation for information about installation and configuration of Microsoft Cluster Service or Failover Clustering.

Note:

In this document, references to Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) also apply to Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) on corresponding Windows Server versions.