Configuration 1: Active/Standby Configuration Example

In this configuration, Guest 1 on ESXi Host 1 is considered active because it is able to access the virtual hard disk with the VMDK Recovery Kit software. If Guest 1 fails, Guest 2 gains access to the VMDK and the file system.

Configuration Notes

  • The VMDK software must be installed on both servers.
  • Create the file system on the shared VMDK virtual hard disk.
  • Guest 2 should not access files and directories on the shared virtual disk while Guest 1 is active.

Configuration 2: Active/Active Configuration Example

An active/active configuration consists of two or more systems actively running the VMDK Recovery Kit software and connecting different virtual hard disks.

Configuration Notes:

  • The VMDK software must be installed on both servers.
  • Initially, Guest 1 imports a file system and Guest 2 imports a different file system. In a switchover situation, one system can import both file systems.

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