Unsupported: Running your vSAN witness for a 2 node cluster on a 2 node cluster

A while ago there was a discussion on twitter about a scenario which was talked about at VMworld, unfortunately there was a miscommunication and what was shown at VMworld as supported actually is not supported out of the box, so what are we talking about here? The scenario is one where you have two 2-node clusters (typically used for ROBO) and for each 2-node cluster the required Witness VM is running on the other. Let me show you what that looks like to make it clear:

The Witness VM on Cluster A is the witness for Cluster B, and the Witness VM on Cluster B is the witness for Cluster A. As it stands today this is not a supported configuration out of the box. For ongoing support, it is required that users go through the RPQ process so VMware can validate the design. Please contact your VMware representative or VMware Global Support Services for more details.

<Update: July 11th 2017> It has been decided that this configuration can only be supported for 2 node configurations by filing an RPQ, and will not be supported for stretched clusters.</Update>


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  1. For ongoing support, it is really required that users go through the RPQ process so VMware can validate the design .It means that if users don’t go through the RPQ process so VMware cannot validate the design . Can you please share some more information about this because I am not able to understand this properly can you please provide the knowledge base article also upon this . I really want to know . when will you publish the article ?

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