An Overview of VMware Cluster Set-up

Creating VMware cluster is relatively easy especially for system administrators that have enough experience on several virtualization techniques.  VMware clustering essentially involves several steps similar to the ones encountered in normal set-up and configuration of programs in a virtual machine.

First, system administrators must ensure that their virtual environments meet the recommended VMware cluster prerequisites.  These prerequisites can be found on the documentation of VMware cluster program and configuration.  Following the prerequisites can avoid possible issues that could arise due to incompatible systems environment.  After determining the VMware prerequisites, the new cluster wizard can now be initialized. 

In order to invoke or initialize the VMware cluster wizard, users have two options.  They can right click on new folder and tick the new cluster tab or they can simply use keyboard hotkeys.  Ctrl-L is the short cut for invoking the new cluster wizard for VMware.  Configure the cluster settings.  Configuration will also be guided by the wizard and different options are available for the administrator.  Cluster configuration will generally depend on the needs of the virtual environment and these can be provided on a user friendly interface by the cluster wizard. 

Involved in the cluster configuration is the set-up for specific features that may be included in the cluster, the level of automation needed for the virtual platform, and selecting different options for virtualization.  After this step, administrators must include the specific support needed by the VMware cluster.  The support systems can affect the display and task configuration list of the newly created VMware cluster.


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