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Video: ApplicationHA – Install and Configure

Created: 10 Nov 2010 • Updated: 11 May 2011 | 4 comments
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I’ve just recorded a real cool video which shows you how to install and configure ApplicationHA. This new product from Symantec and VMware is able to monitor applications within the virtual machine. I’ve uploaded a High Definition version of the video to ScreenCast but you can also watch the video at Vimeo or YouTube.

Symantec ApplicationHA is an easy-to-use availability solution for virtual environments that provides application visibility and control. It is based on the industry-leading Veritas Cluster Server technology and provides application availability in coordination with VMware HA. Together Symantec and VMware work to help customers move business-critical applications into VMware virtual machines.

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2010/10/20/ha-the-missing-link/
http://blogs.vmware.com/uptime/2010/10/applicationha-bridging-the-gap.html
http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/1622-Technical-White-Paper-ApplicationHA.html

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I dont know what is the benifit of application HA. 

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Hi @Zahid.Haseeb,

ApplicationHA is a new product that released about a month ago. Here's how the product team describes the benefits:

"ApplicationHA leverages more than 12 years of development of Veritas Cluster Server to provide an application-monitoring package that runs inside a VMware guest operating system and fully integrates with VMware HA to provide virtual machine restart as needed to react to any application issues.

Combined together, this solution:

  • Enhances the availability of business-critical applications by providing a mechanism to detect and recover from application failures in VMware environments
  • Improves the manageability of virtualized applications by providing visibility of the application’s status and application control (that is, starting or stopping the application) through a single pane of glass — VMware vSphere Client, the user interface for vCenter Server 
  • Reduces operational complexity and TCO by eliminating the need for different operating system–based clustering products
  • Allows customers to enhance the availability of their applications without sacrificing the use of advanced VMware features such as vMotion and DRS"

Here's a link to a great video that Symantec and VMware created that talks about the benefits: http://www.symantec.com/connect/videos/virtualize-...

You can also check out the product page at: http://www.symantec.com/business/application-ha

And here's the link to the release blog on Connect: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-release-...

Hope this helps,

Kimberley

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Eric Sloof - NTPRO.NL's picture

After installing the Symantec ApplicationHA Console it’s time to roll out the Symantec ApplicationHA Guest components.  You can use a wizard to configure monitoring for applications, services, and processes running on virtual machines. After completing this wizard, you can start, stop, and monitor the configured components from the VMware vSphere Client or using Microsoft Internet Explorer.

You can also perform the application monitoring operations directly from a browser window using the following URL: Https://<virtualmachineNameorIPaddress>:5634/vcs/admin/application_health.html?priv=ADMIN To view the Symantec ApplicationHA view, launch the VMware vSphere Client, select a virtual machine from the Inventory pane, and in the Management pane on the right, click the ApplicationHA tab. If you have not configured single sign-on for the virtual machine, specify the user credentials of a user that has administrative privileges on the virtual machine.

If a component fails, a configurable number of attempts are made to restart it on the machine. If the component does not start, the virtual machine itself can be restarted by VMware HA, depending on the configuration settings.

It’s also possible to configure application monitoring for custom services, processes, and storage mount points on a virtual machine. You can either choose one or multiple components simultaneously.

- Configure multiple services and processes in a single wizard workflow
- Configure storage monitoring to control storage availability on the virtual machine
- Configure dependency to control orderly start and stop of components

appha1 appha2 appha3 appha4 appha5 appha6

In this example I’ve chosen to configure application monitoring for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 instances running on a virtual machine. Now I’m able to:

- Monitor SQL Database Engine service, Analysis service, and FILESTREAM
- Monitor and control the availability of SQL databases on the virtual machine
- Perform a graceful start and stop of SQL services and databases

Symantec ApplicationHA provides an interface, the Symantec ApplicationHA tab, to configure and control application monitoring. The Symantec ApplicationHA tab is integrated with the VMware vSphere Client. Use the Symantec ApplicationHA view to perform the following tasks:

- Configure and unconfigure application monitoring
- Start and stop configured applications
- Enable and disable application heartbeat
- Enter and exit maintenance mode

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Thanks Eric and kim

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