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By Frank Denneman, Senior Technical Marketing Architect,

Duncan Epping posted an article on agent VMs and how the relate to vSphere High Availability. Which resulted in questions if DRS supports agent virtual machines. And the answer is yes. DRS and DPM fully support ESX agents and respect the requirements of the ESXi agent virtual machine. DRS and DPM understands that:

  • Agent virtual machines reservations must be respected, even when the virtual machine is not powered on. 
  • Agent virtual machines do not have to be evacuated for host enter maintenance mode or standby.
  • Agent virtual machines must be available before virtual machines can complete migration or power-on to a host.