You can use Site Recovery Manager to protect Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) and fault tolerant virtual machines, with certain limitations.

To use Site Recovery Manager to protect MSCS and fault tolerant virtual machines, you might need to change your environment.

Protecting MSCS and fault tolerant virtual machines is subject to the following limitations.

You can use array-based replication only to protect MSCS virtual machines. Protecting MSCS virtual machines with vSphere Replication is not supported.

Reprotect of MSCS or fault tolerant virtual machines requires VMware High Availability (HA) and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). When you move MSCS or fault tolerant virtual machines across their primary and secondary sites during reprotect, you must enable HA and DRS, and set the affinity and antiaffinity rules as appropriate. See DRS Requirements for Protection of MSCS Virtual Machines.

Site Recovery Manager does not support multiple vCPU fault tolerance (SMP-FT) virtual machines.

To protect MSCS or fault tolerant virtual machines, the ESXi host machines on which the virtual machines run must meet certain criteria.

You must run a fault tolerant virtual machine and its shadow on two separate ESXi Server instances.

You can run a cluster of MSCS virtual machines in the following possible configurations.

Cluster-in-a-box

The MSCS virtual machines in the cluster run on a single ESXi Server. You can have a maximum of five MSCS nodes on one ESXi Server.

Cluster-across-boxes

You can spread the MSCS cluster across a maximum of five ESXi Server instances. You can protect only one virtual machine node of any MSCS cluster on a single ESXi Server instance. You can have multiple MSCS node virtual machines running on an ESXi host, as long as they do not participate in the same MSCS cluster. This configuration requires shared storage on a Fibre Channel SAN for the quorum disk.

To use DRS on sites that contain MSCS virtual machines, you must configure the DRS rules to allow Site Recovery Manager to protect the virtual machines. By following the guidelines, you can protect MSCS virtual machines on sites that run DRS if the placeholder virtual machines are in either a cluster-across-boxes MSCS deployment or in a cluster-in-a-box MSCS deployment.

Set the DRS rules on the virtual machines on the protected site before you configure MSCS in the guest operating systems. Set the DRS rules immediately after you deploy, configure, or power on the virtual machines.

Set the DRS rules on the virtual machines on the recovery site immediately after you create a protection group of MSCS nodes, as soon as the placeholder virtual machines appear on the recovery site.

DRS rules that you set on the protected site are not transferred to the recovery site after a recovery. For this reason, you must set the DRS rules on the placeholder virtual machines on the recovery site.

Do not run a test recovery or a real recovery before you set the DRS rules on the recovery site.

If you do not follow the guidelines on either the protected site or on the recovery site, vSphere vMotion might move MSCS virtual machines to a configuration that Site Recovery Manager does not support.

In a cluster-in-a-box deployment on either the protected or recovery site, vSphere vMotion might move MSCS virtual machines to different ESXi hosts.

In a cluster-in-a-box deployment on either the protected or recovery site, vSphere vMotion might move some or all of the MSCS virtual machines to a single ESXi host.