Ok! Let’s go! vSphere HA has had a little bit of an organizational redesign. I’ll say again here what I did in my Proactive HA blog post HERE:
(Ok, Pause!) Now before everyone freaks out, let me explain why this doesn’t say vSphere HA. When we added this feature [Proactive HA], although it leverages DRS in the background, it’s still an availability feature, moreso than a performance feature. It didn’t make sense to put it under vSphere HA, so the decision was made to rename vSphere HA to vSphere Availability. Once inside that tab, you will still see all of the vSphere HA settings. (BREATH! I know change can be hard, but bear with me)
Instead of having one long settings page for vSphere HA, it has now been divided up into multiple sub-pages and organized by the function that the setting is for. You will now see ‘Failures and Responses’, ‘Proactive HA Failures and Responses’, ‘Admission Control’, ‘Heartbeat Datastores’, ‘Advanced Options’
When we look at the Failures and Conditions tab, you will see that everything for Failures and Conditions is nicely organized and collapsed. You can choose the main settings for each area here, or expand the sections to read more and set more options.
Expanding Host Failure Response you will see your regular settings you can add to the VM Overrides page, as well as how the VMs will respond to a host failure.
Expanding Response for Host Isolation we have the ability to take no action, shutdown and restart VMs, or Power off and restart VMs.
Permanent Device Loss (PDL) and All Paths Down (APD) can be seen next. This is part of the VM Component Protection (VMCP) feature we released in vSphere 6.0
And last but not least, VM Monitoring.
As you can see, Admission Control has had a little bit of a makeover as well. More can be seen about this in Part 2 of the vSphere HA: What’s New series HERE.
Heartbeat Datastores can be setup here
Lastly, the vSphere HA advanced options are found at the bottom.
As I said, the UI has been updated and organized better so that the users (YOU!) are not overwhelmed nor confused by the number of settings that can be edited on this page.