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Hi Experts,

We beginning to use VMware in our environment.  In order to manage my ESX servers, do I need to purchase VirtualCenter Mgmt Server, or are there any 3rd party tools available that perform the same functionality?  The pricing for a VC license is a little too steep for my budget.  

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Depends on what your managing goals are. VC is required if you need certain functionality (vMotion, DRS, HA). There are also other tools available. Some of them might require VC and some not:
http://www.cio.com/article/358613/Monitoring_Virtual_Infrastructure_Problem_s_Lack_of_Knowledge_Not_Tools

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It depends on what you need.  Just so you know, you don't need VC in order to manage your ESX hosts.  They can be managed with the basic license.  VC ties them together so you can centrally manage them and do the things the previous poster mentioned.  Depending on your environment, these extras are necessities or value-added features.  From talking with VMware reps, I know that few users stick with using ESX without VirtualCenter.  You can do any of the mind-blowing or advanced features without shared storage and VC licenses.  It is just a basic hypervisor without VC.
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