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VMware VirtualCenter

As the acceptance of virtualization concepts for consolidating IT operations and the growing number of installation increase. So in this environment solutions come infront that centralise and simplify management in virtual environments.

With VirtualCenter VMware offers a management module that allows management of virtual infrastructures with only one console. That not only facilitate supply and mnagement of server ressources but also automated system management.
Does one server fail, that realize the functions, operation can considerably be affected and lead to higher effort.

With LifeKeeper® for Windows including the Application Recovery Kit for VMware VirtualCenter there is a solution given that minitors and protects VirtualCenter Server Services.

VMware VirtualCenter active/standby configuration

The SteelEye™ solution for protecting VMware VirtualCenter-Server is available as an active/standby configuration. Each time services are only active on one server. As shown in the picture the backup server is faliover target for the primary server (for one server instance). VMware VirtualCenter Server and its information database have to lie on saved volume. The database can be installed local on the same server or in the network. Is the database on the same server as VMware VirtualCenter both can be protected on the same volume.

Does an error occur and the try of local recovery fails LifeKeeper brings all applications on the backup server in service. After a short break clients (VMware Virtual Infratstructure-Client) can access the system.

active/standby-configuration for VMware VirtualCenter
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VMware VirtualCenter active/active configuration

Active/active configurations are also supported. VirtualCenter servers and database servers can both be running their separate workloads while acting as backup for each other.

Active/active configuration for VMware VirtualCenter
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Key Features

  • available for Windows 2000/2003 Server (Standard, Advanced, Data Center Editions, Web Editions)
  • support for VMware VirtualCenter Server v2.0.1
  • data bases: MS SQL 2000/2005, Oracle 9i, 10g
  • VMware VirtualCenter Server can lie on shared volume as well as on replicated volume
  • active/standby configurations can be realized


  • monitoring and protection of vxpd (VMware VirtualCenter Service) and optionally webAccess (VMware VirtualCenter Browser UI Service)
  • periodical check (quick check) if all services are currently running
  • periodical check (deep check) for monitoring connections at VMware VirtualCenter Default Service Ports
  • in case of an error try of local recovery, if it does not work failover to backup system


  • SteelEye Competence and Support Center, 7 x 24h support.
  • Response time of less than 2 hours for business critical cases.
  • Included software maintenance.

Professional Services

  • Business Continuity Assessment
  • Business Continuity Design
  • LifeKeeper Configuration Validation
  • LifeKeeper Installation
  • LifeKeeper Training


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