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

For information about setting up a physical machine that participates in an WSFC cluster, see the Failover Cluster for Windows documentation.


  • Set up the physical machine using the settings listed in the table.
    Component Requirement
    Windows Cluster Administrator application Advanced minimum configuration if Windows 2012 is used.
    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.