vmware ESXI 4 evaluation period - what happens after?

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
I've just setup vmware ESXI and it says down the bottom of the secreen that it is in evaluation mode - 58 days remaining.
I thought ESXI was free.
Please clarify if anybody has any knowledge about this?
what do I do after the 58 days - do I need to buy a licence?
its very confusing do I need to buy vSphere - this is just for  a home test box so I'm really unsure
any advice woud be great
Question by:makaaa
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    It is free.  However, it only allows you to use the VCB and other tools for 60 days.  After that, you would have to purchase them.
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    You will loose most of its features and start to get license error when trying to do something that require proper license
    The 60days eval is for you to test all features
    You can still get the free license key from vmware by simple registration and the free esxi is only good enough for small setup and standalone server, in other words, it cant be managed by vCenter so no fancy features just

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