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Guidelines for Microsoft Clustering on vSphere (1037959)

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This article provides links to a subset of articles that provide guidelines and support status for running various Microsoft clustering solutions and configurations on VMware vSphere.
VMware provides customers additional flexibility and choice in architecting high-availability solutions. Microsoft has clear support statements for its clustering solutions on VMware.

Additionally, VMware provides guidelines in terms of storage protocols and number of nodes supported by VMware on vSphere, particularly for specific clustering solutions that access shared storage. Other clustering solutions that do not access shared storage, such as Exchange Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) and Database Availability Group (DAG), can be implemented on VMware vSphere just like on physical systems without any additional considerations.


VMware vSphere support for Microsoft clustering solutions on VMware products

The content of this article has been subdivided into vSphere version specific articles for better clarity.


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Update History

06/21/2012 - Updated 5.x for CCR and DAG for supportability 10/31/2012 - Modified table column label for In-Guest iSCSI 01/29/2013 - Updated table with 5.1 MSCS 5 node limitations 05/29/2013 - Added "vMotion is not yet supported with this configuration" to "in-guest iSCSI" section 05/31/2013 - Corrected the Windows server 2012 failover clustering statement to "not supported" 06/19/2013 - Various edits to clarify support 06/21/2013 - Changed table 1 "SMB" column header to "in-Guest OS SMB" 09/23/2013 - Added vMotion support with 5.5 and clarified RDM limited support with FCoE (note 4) 09/24/2013 - Added 5.0U3 to note 4 03/16/2014 - mk - corrected footnote 2 under table 2 to reflect the original context. 03/20/2014 - mk - Removed references to Windows Server 2012 R2 from shared storage configurations. Merged FCoE footnotes into note 4 table 1. 04/30/2014 - mk - Added support for Windows 2012-R2 clustering with shared storage on 5.5_U1 05/06/2014 - mk - Removed footnote 6 table 2 since it pertains to validation wizard failure only. Ignoring the error RR should still work. 06/04/2014 - Pulled Internal on June 4 based on urgent feedback from Mostafa Khalil that required review/validation. Expected to republish Public draft by 06/06/14. 01/23/2015 - MK - Added Windows 2012 and R2 to table 2 NLB row. 03/11/15 - MK - Added exclusion in footnote 3 of table 2. 03/12/15 -mk - Added vSphere 6 updated support for vMotion and PVSCSI. 05/15/15 - mk - Added support for SQL AlwaysOn AG on NFS on 6.0 06/15/14 - mk - Updated doc links for Release 5.5,U1,U2 and 6.0 09/28/15 - mk - added support for PVSCSI on 5.5U3 01/11/16 - Updated support stance note for vSAN. MSCS (WSFC) is now supported in version 6.1 and later. 05/06/2016 - mk - Clarified vmotion support on vSphere 6. 12/06/2016 - mk - Split content into version specific articles.

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