ESX Server Support for Microsoft Clustering Service with Windows 2003 SP1, R2, and SP2 (2021)
The current update adds support for using Microsoft Clustering Server (MSCS) with Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and R2 Guest Operating Systems. Please use the SAN Compatibility Guide (http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_san_guide.pdf) for ESX Server 3.x for a list of storage arrays that support MSCS for these Guest Operating Systems.
ESX Server 3.0.x
Related KB Articles
Required patches and fixes for MSCS clustering support with Windows 2003 SP1 and R2ESX-3199476 Patch for ESX Server 3.0.1 (KB 3199476) (This patch is already included in ESX Server 3.0.2)ESX-2066306 Patch for ESX Server 3.0.1 (KB 2066306) (This patch is already included in ESX Server 3.0.2)The Hotfix from Microsoft for Blue Screen on Windows 2003 SP1 and R2 Appears When Volumes are Mounted (KB 2267)MSCS Requires 2Gb Fibre Channel HBAs on ESX Server 3.0.1 (KB 1560391)ESX Server 3.0.2 supports MSCS clustering for both 4Gb and 2Gb Fibre Channel HBAs (KB 1002304)Requirements for MSCS clustering support with Windows 2003 SP2ESX Server 3.0.2 with default 4Gb Fibre Channel HBA driver (KB 1002304)Recommended KBs for clustering in generalSetup for Microsoft Clustering Service (http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vi3_vm_and_mscs.pdf)Must Use Physical Compatibility Mode for Shared Disks When Using Microsoft Clustering Service with Raw Device Mappings (KB 1822)Microsoft Cluster Service Doesn't Start (KB 1455)Configuring IBM FAStT Storage Processor to Use Multipathing with HBA and Storage Port Failover Along with Clustering (KB 1303)Manually Setting Cluster IP Address for Clustered VirtualCenter Server (KB 2195771)Creation of New RDM for MSCS Cluster Node when Cluster Service is Active on Another Node (KB 1862)
ESX Server 2.5.x
ESX Server 2.5.3 Upgrade Patch 4 (http://www.vmware.com/download/esx/)
ESX Server 2.5.4 Upgrade Patch 2 ( http://www.vmware.com/support/esx25/doc/esx-254-200611-patch.html)