Create and Configure VMware Clusters

Practice Labs Module
Time
1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Create and Configure VMware Clusters" module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises: 1. Creating VMware Clusters, Managing Clusters.

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Overview

Introduction

The Create and Configure VMware Clusters module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  1. Creating VMware Clusters
  2. Managing Clusters

Exercise 1 - Creating VMware Clusters

In this exercise, you will learn the following in vSphere:

  • Create/Delete a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Add/Remove ESXi Hosts from a DRS/HA Cluster -Add/Remove virtual machines from a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
  • Monitor a DRS/HA Cluster
  • Configure migration thresholds for DRS and virtual machines
  • Configure automation levels for DRS and virtual machines
  • Create VM-Host and VM-VM affinity rules
  • Enable/Disable Host Monitoring
  • Enable/Configure/Disable virtual machine and application monitoring
  • Configure Storage DRS

Exercise 2 - Managing Clusters

When you create an HA cluster, Host Monitoring is enabled by default. In the vSphere HA cluster, the master host has the responsibility to respond to the host, virtual machines, or management network failures. The master host uses host monitoring to fulfil this responsibility.

Host monitoring is a useful feature that is enabled by default when you create an HA cluster. Host monitoring uses a master host to monitor the status of the virtual machines and hosts in the HA cluster. If a host fails, its virtual machines are restarted on another host in the HA cluster.

Because this feature is enabled by default, you can choose to disable it even though it is not recommended on an HA cluster. To disable host monitoring, perform the following steps:

When enabled, host monitoring keeps track of each host in the cluster. If a host becomes unavailable, the virtual machines from the host are restarted on another host.

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