The first node in a standby host setup is a physical machine.

For information about setting up a physical machine that participates in an MSCS cluster, see the Microsoft Cluster Service documentation.


  • Set up the physical machine using the settings listed in the table.
    Component Requirement
    Windows Cluster Administrator application Advanced minimum configuration if Windows 2003 is used.
    Network adapters At least two.
    Storage Access to the same storage on a SAN as the ESXi host on which the corresponding virtual machine will run.
    Operating system Installed on each physical machine.