Novell Cluster Services is installed and configured in a virtualization environment by using the same methods and processes as those used on a physical Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) 11 or later server. It can be used in the host and guest virtual environments.
For a virtual machine, you can use any virtualization hypervisor (such as Xen, KVM, VMware, and Hyper-V) that supports the 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 or later operating system, which is the platform used for OES 11 or later.
For information about using OES with Xen and KVM, see the following resources:
To get started with Xen virtualization, see the Virtualization with Xen documentation.
To get started with KVM virtualization, see the Virtualization with KVM documentation.
To get started with third-party virtualization platforms, such as Hyper-V from Microsoft and the different VMware product offerings, refer to the documentation for the product you are using. For information about setting up a cluster with nodes hosted on VMware, see OES 11 SP3: Novell Cluster Services Implementation Guide for VMware.
The following sections provide information to help you deploy and run Novell Cluster Services in a virtual environment: Although many different cluster virtualization scenarios are possible, only those outlined in the following sections have been tested.