Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service describes the types of clusters you can implement using virtual machines with Microsoft Cluster Service for Windows Server 2003 and Failover Clustering for Windows Server 2008. You get step-by-step instructions for each type of cluster and a checklist of clustering requirements and recommendations.

Unless stated otherwise, the term Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) applies to Microsoft Cluster Service with Windows Server 2003 and Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008.

Setup for Failover Clustering and Microsoft Cluster Service covers ESXi and VMware® vCenter® Server.

This information is for system administrators who are familiar with VMware technology and Microsoft Cluster Service.

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This is not a guide to using Microsoft Cluster Service or Failover Clustering. Use your Microsoft documentation for information about installation and configuration of Microsoft Cluster Service or Failover Clustering.