VMAWARE ESX for free?

Hy guys,

There is any version of vmware for free?. if so, what limitations involved?

Where could download it?

Thanks in advance
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coolsport00Commented:
Yes...you have a choice of a few options -> ESXi (VMware's baremetal hypervisor; https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/index.php?p=free-esxi&lp=1), or 2 host-based solutions...VMware Server (https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=server20&lp=1) and VMware Player (https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=player&lp=1). From those links, you can read more about each to see what best fits your need. It depends on the resources you have (hardware, CPU, RAM, HD space) and your goals.

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coolsport00Commented:
Provide a bit more details of what your goals are and I can help sort out maybe an appropriate solution for you.

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dmwynneCommented:
Esxi is free.


I'd check Vmware's site to see the comparisons between Esx and Esxi.

http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/features.html
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MrN1c3Commented:
Vmware server is free and can be installed on top of windows.  Its fine for testing new operating systems and labbing some technologies, but don't even consider it for a production environment,

https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=server20&lp=1


If you have a dedicated machine, and its capable of running it, download ESXI.  Its enterprise class, and comes with some very good features

http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/


Both of these are free!

VMWare, are now a huge company and offer all sorts of different products and technologies, most of which come with a 60day trial.  The above two, are your best options for starters though.

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VMWAREit security administratorAuthor Commented:

What are the limitations on the processor?, Do you recommend any model of HP or others?
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coolsport00Commented:
If you go with ESXi4, you need to get a processor that is 64-bit capable. VMware Server and Player run on host OSs (you can reference the User's Manual from the site URLs I provided above on Host OS System Req's). But, if you want to run a 64-bit guest VM on Server/Player, your host system must have a 64-bit capable processor. For Server and Player, you don't need a 'server' per sè...a regular workstation is fine. For ESXi, I recommend something with a minimum of dual-core, 64-bit processor and get a lot of RAM. But, it really depends on what you're wanting to. You didn't provide much detail and what your goals are...how many VMs you're wanting to run, the type of VMs, etec.

~coolsport00
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
The DL and ML line of HP Servers work well and are on the HCL list.
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MrN1c3Commented:
Nice deal for a Lab Startup using HP ML servers;

http://www.serversplus.com/servers/server_bundles/svhew-virtbun2
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
MrN1c3: I would avoid that deal.  If it's the onboard controller it will not support RAID (ESX/ESXi will see itas two separate drivs)  if you want to install on the harddrives (you can still go without raid or usb stick but that takes away capability to do ESX)

Min. controller should be E200.  I have the same issue with the DL320 in my lab
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VMWAREit security administratorAuthor Commented:
How many VM guests can deal ESXi?, there is any limits?
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coolsport00Commented:
In all honesty, you're limited by the resources of your host server....storage, CPU(s) and RAM. But, the Config Maximums Guide (http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_config_max.pdf) states about 256 VMs per volume and per host in a DRS cluster, but I personally wouldn't run that many (if I had that many).

~coolsport00
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