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I have 5pcs. IBM System x3650(7979 - ex. ESX/VMWare, planned EOL) now with baremetal Win2012 DataCenter, every machine has the same HW and SW (inc policy).

I want to create two clusters (MS SQL), for testing purposes. I can see three possible configurations:

  1. Create two separate Failover Cluster: 3 nodes for primary environment, 2 nodes for secondary environment

  2. Create two separate Failover Cluster: 2 nodes for primary, 2 nodes for secondary, last (switched off) as a substitute

  3. Create one Failover Cluster (5 nodes / 4+1) and create one/two virtual(s) for primary/secondary environment

Would it be better to separate the environment to two farm or to create one farm with virtualization, my intended use is only MS SQL Clustering


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This is a really tough question for anyone outside your environment to answer, without knowing your requirements, the purposes of the testing, etc. I also have a hard time understanding how a specific answer here could be beneficial to other users, unless their scenario matched yours identically... –  Aaron Bertrand Jun 19 '13 at 17:02
I agree with Aaron. It may be worthwhile to parachute in a consultant for a day to go over everything in your environment, and come to a conclusion based on your requirements. –  Jon Seigel Jun 19 '13 at 17:12
@Aaron Bertrand testing purposes could be development, stress_test, (by default always) I have two three planned events, now I want to change own internall bad rulles, remove all mess (nothing for) from production VMware, after SLA will be moved to production enviroment –  mKorbel Jun 19 '13 at 17:30
I can't to decide, question is about to create two quite stonger SQL failovers or create one WSFC and to create two virtual enviroments –  mKorbel Jun 19 '13 at 17:38

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