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Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) support on ESXi/ESX (1004617)

Purpose

This article provides supportability and setup information for Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) on ESXi/ESX.

Note: The scope of this article only covers Microsoft Cluster Service on ESXi/ESX and does not include other clustering solutions such as Oracle RAC. For more information on Oracle RAC clustering, see the Oracle Databases on VMware RAC Deployment Guide.

Resolution

To determine which releases of ESXi/ESX support MSCS, consult the table below. The information is based on the release notes for each release as well as the published product documentation.

For more information, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

ESX ReleaseMSCS Supported?Documentation
3.0YesSetup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
3.0.1YesSetup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
3.0.2YesSetup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
3.0.2 Update 1YesVMware Infrastructure 3 Release Notes
Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
3.5NoVMware Infrastructure 3 Release Notes
3.5 Update 1, 2, 3, 4, 5YesVMware Infrastructure 3 Release Notes
Setup for Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
Update 1 Release for ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i version 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5
Update 2 and later for ESX Server 3.5, ESX Server 3i version 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5
vSphere 4.0YesWhat's New in VMware vSphere 4.0
Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
vSphere 4.0 Update 1, 2YesSetup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
vSphere 4.1YesSetup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
vSphere 5.0YesSetup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
vSphere 5.1YesSetup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
vSphere 5.1 Update 1YesSetup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service (PDF)
vSphere 5.5Yes
(PDF)
vSphere 5.5 Update 2Yes
(PDF)
vSphere 6.0Yes
(PDF)

Notes:

Additional Information

Note: The preceding links were correct as of  February 19, 2015. If you find a link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

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Tags

mscs  vcenter-mscs  esx-mscs

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Update History

10/22/2012 - Added vSphere 5.1 with link to PDF. 11/14/2012 - Added shared RDMs not supported without clustering solution. 11/20/2012 - Added link to VMware Compatibility Guide 02/19/2015 - Added ESXi 5.5 U2 document for MSCS 07/22/2015 - Added ESXi 6.0 document for MSCS

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