limitations on the FREE VMware ESXI?

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If you install the free version of ESXi is their limitations on processors or ram or?  What are the restrictions on what you can do
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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
No, no limitations; you have the same resource capacity/usage as in ESX.

Limitations on what you can do? Well, whether you use ESX or ESXi, unless you have vCenter, there's a lot you can't do -> VMotion, cold migration, template creation, HA, DRS, are a few of the main items. With ESXi, you have limited VM b/u capability as well as SSH not enabled (can be enabled, but is 'officially' not supported by VMware).

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
Most Valuable Expert 2013
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ESXi is considered the more secure product due to it's smaller footprint and minimal installation.

ESXi can be run from a USB stick if that's a requirement.

As ~coolsport00 says, with vCentre to manage it, they are both much of a muchness.
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ESXi Free Edition cannot be managed using vCenter, it has a limitation of 4-way SMP for Virtual Machines and 256GB RAM limit for the host and 6 Cores per CPU limit.
You cannot use any third party backup utilities for backing up Virtual Machines.
 
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Roshan MohammedCloud Engineering Officer
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*The free version of ESXi is limited to 4-way virtual SMP.

source: http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/features.html

also see the features image attached, source: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006543






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the free ESXI does not expire ever if you enter in the SN right?
After 60 days, you need to input a free Serial Number which you can get for free if you register with an email ID on the VMware Website.
The free ESXi Key can be used from 1-999 ESXi Boxes.

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