I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to setup HA-like functionality without paying for the Essentials Package using XenServer. I love XenServer but would rather not fork over $2.5k per server for the Essentials Package.

Also, is the HA that comes with the Essentials Package worth it when compared to the time it would take me to script a custom HA package?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


P.S. I know you can set this up using Xen and Heartbeat but that's not my question :-)

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    Your question makes no sense... you want to know about alternatives to Essentials, but then you rule out answers related to alternatives.
    – womble
    Sep 29, 2009 at 1:18
  • It's makes plenty of sense. I wasn't ruling out heartbeat totally, the only key here is that is must be based on XenServer and not just Xen(Source).
    – jemmille
    Sep 29, 2009 at 13:04
  • I was trying to save people from saying, "Scrap XenServer and just use Xen and heartbeat", that's all.
    – jemmille
    Sep 29, 2009 at 13:05

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Answer to my own question:

Without lots of custom scripts it's not possible. My final solution was Xen and Xen Cloud:


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