VMware HA clusters enable a collection of ESX/ESXi hosts to work together so that, as a group, they provide higher levels of availability for virtual machines than each ESX/ESXi host could provide individually. When you plan the creation and usage of a new VMware HA cluster, the options you select affect the way that cluster responds to failures of hosts or virtual machines.

Before creating a VMware HA cluster, you should be aware of how VMware HA identifies host failures and isolation and responds to these situations. You also should know how admission control works so that you can choose the policy that best fits your failover needs. After a cluster has been established, you can customize its behavior with advanced attributes and optimize its performance by following recommended best practices.