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How to crash your server to test HA

There are several ways to test if HA is working. You can unplug the power of your server or perform a reset of the machine and a fail over will take place. In training classes and for demo's it's nicer if you can actually have the server to crash and show a Purple Screen of Death (PSOD).

vsish command

This is the command to execute:

vsish -e set /reliability/crashMe/Panic 1

And this is the result:

Purple Screen of Death PSOD

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