The first panel in the New Cluster wizard allows you to specify basic options for the cluster.

In this panel you can specify the cluster name and choose one or both cluster features.


Specifies the name of the cluster. This name appears in the vSphere Client inventory panel. You must specify a name to continue with cluster creation.

Turn On VMware HA

If this check box is selected, virtual machines are restarted on another host in the cluster if a host fails. You must turn on VMware HA to enable VMware Fault Tolerance on any virtual machine in the cluster.

Turn On VMware DRS

If this check box is selected, DRS balances the load of virtual machines across the cluster. DRS also places and migrates virtual machines when they are protected with HA.

You can change any of these cluster features at a later time.