Does Vmware infrastructure client is not free?

Hi all

     We use ESXi on a test server and currently that is managing several guest OS. When I logged in last week I got the error message saying 'license is about to expire please upgrade' (attached the screen shot).

      I thought vmware infrastructue client is free. Since I am using this only on a test server, what other options I have got to keep it running?

    can some one also explain the licesning options for vmware infrastructur client as well?

As a side question? Is there any utilty by which we can see all the Vm's in tabs like we see all the webpages in tabs?

Regards
EXG


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Darksied9Commented:
VMWare Virtual Center is not free.  You basically purchase the license, and the ESX licenses.  Login to your VMWare web portal and build a license file that includes all the licenses by using the activation codes and apply the license to the Virtual Center License server.  You can get VC alone or with HA, DRS, and VMotion as options.  I would suggest getting all three, and especially VMotion if you plan to have shared disk on SAN and provide redundancy.
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mgonulluCommented:
I know I may be out of the question, but you can also try the open source Virtualbox
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Darksied9Commented:
VirtualBox is cool, but for all the features you really need to pay for it as well.  I almost like as  much as ESX...almost.
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ExchangeGroupAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for the information

          As mentioned earlier, the ESXi server I have here is only a test server. I am doing it all the test applications on this server.

        Does it mean that I lose access to the guest vm's after the trial period? Is there any other way by which I can access the vm's after the license expiry? Please help
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mgonulluCommented:
There is noway unless you buy a license.
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ExchangeGroupAuthor Commented:
Just to clarify

          If I dont buy license from vmware,

I lose access to all my virtual machines currently on my esxi host? and
There is no way I can access my Vm's apart from the infrastructure client?

regards
EXG
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mgonulluCommented:
wait maybe there is a way
https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=esxi

this is free and I have it since 2 months working fine, will that solve your problem
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ExchangeGroupAuthor Commented:
Hi mgonullu

I got the same ESXi installed on the host machine. Currently how do you manage all your VM's? I manage through vmware infrastructur client and currently that is giving this license warning message. I know esxi is free, but how to manage the VM's? Hope my question is clear??
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mgonulluCommented:
From where you got the client?
I get it from my ESXi server

https:/servername/client/VMware-viclient.exe
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ExchangeGroupAuthor Commented:
I downloaded and installed from the same place. please find the attched screenshot.
infrast-client.jpg
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mgonulluCommented:
Are you sure that it is the ESXi and not the ESX 3.5 trial?
that is really weird
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ExchangeGroupAuthor Commented:

I am sure it is ESXi. please find the attached screenshot. My only concern now how would I manage my host and vm's after the license expiry? How are other people trialing esxi wthout paying anything?
version-info.jpg
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mgonulluCommented:
Ok I think you are right ,
My colleague installed a license while I was on vacation. But the solution could be that you can make a snapshot of your machines, and make a new server from zero and import your machines.
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Darksied9Commented:
So, ESX3.5 and ESXi are not free, and neither is Virtual Center.  You can get a temporary license for the trial period, and if you are serious about it you can often times get an extended trial license from a VMWare sales associate.

If you absolutely require free, download the VMWare Server platform and install it on top of a Linux Distro.  Yes, you don't have the remote management solution but you can still control the VMs from the application on the Linux (also runs on Windows if you must).  For a lab environment this should be more than sufficient.
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ExchangeGroupAuthor Commented:
Hi all

 thanks for the comment. The problem was the VI client was in the evaulation mode (by default)when I installed it from the host ( with all the features like vcb backup etc)

       But when I downloaded the ESXi, you also get a free license from vmware and I applied that key from the host. Now the licensing issue is gone but I can use only limited feature (which is fine for me on atest environment). thanks again

Regards
Exg
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