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This article discusses the support for server clustering between Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2. Additionally, this article discusses a guest cluster deployment scenario and a host cluster deployment scenario.
Server clustering and Virtual Server 2005 R2You can combine the Windows Server 2003 server cluster feature with the Virtual Server 2005 R2 product to create virtualized failover cluster environments for high availability. Virtual Server 2005 R2 is supported in either a “host cluster” configuration or in a “guest cluster” configuration. The following list describes the terminology that is used in this article:
Guest clusterIn this configuration, the virtual machines are nodes of a cluster. Applications are clustered for high availability within the guest operating system. These applications run on the cluster failover from guest to guest. The virtual machines do not relocate to different hosts in this configuration. The following list describes the requirements and the settings for the guest cluster configuration:
Host clusterIn this configuration, the Virtual Server 2005 R2 application is clustered similarly to any other clustered application on a typical server cluster. The virtual machines become units of failover that can be moved from node to node in the cluster. The following list describes the requirements and the settings for the host cluster configuration:
For more information about how to create a host cluster, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=09cc042b-154f-4eba-a548-89282d6eb1b3&displaylang=enFor more information about iSCSI support for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 failover cluster, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/storage/iscsi/iscsicluster.mspxFor more information about policy for using other virtualization software, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897615/ )Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software
Article ID: 923832 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 1.5