Your cluster can be enabled for VMware HA. A VMware HA-enabled cluster is a prerequisite for Fault Tolerance. VMware recommends that you first create an empty cluster. After you have planned the resources and networking architecture of your cluster, you can use the vSphere Client to add hosts to the cluster and specify the cluster's VMware HA settings.

Connect vSphere Client to vCenter Server using an account with cluster administrator permissions.

Verify that all virtual machines and their configuration files reside on shared storage. Verify that the hosts are configured to access that shared storage so that you can power on the virtual machines using different hosts in the cluster,

Verify that each host in a VMware HA cluster has a host name (of 26 characters or less) assigned and a static IP address associated with each of the virtual NICs.

Verify that hosts are configured to have access to the virtual machine network.


VMware recommends redundant management network connections for VMware HA. For information about setting up network redundancy, see Network Path Redundancy.


Select the Hosts & Clusters view.


Right-click the Datacenter in the Inventory tree and click New Cluster.


Complete the New Cluster wizard.

Do not enable VMware HA (or DRS) at this time.


Click Finish to close the wizard and create the cluster.

You have created an empty cluster.


Based on your plan for the resources and networking architecture of the cluster, use the vSphere Client to add hosts to the cluster.


Right-click the cluster and click Edit Settings.

The cluster's Settings dialog box is where you can modify the VMware HA (and other) settings for the cluster.


On the Cluster Features page, select Turn On VMware HA.


Configure the VMware HA settings as appropriate for your cluster.

Host Monitoring Status

Admission Control

Virtual Machine Options

VM Monitoring


Click OK to close the cluster's Settings dialog box.

You have a configured VMware HA cluster, populated with hosts, available.