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Hi Guys,

I'm very new to VMWare technology. Yesterday, I've just installed ESXi 4.1 Installable Update 1 (CD ISO) which provided me the license also which will give me 60 days grace period of trial.

Where do I place this license in VMWare?

Thanks a lot!
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When you connect to the server with the vSphere client you can set the license in there. Its currently in trial mode.
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Just to let you know, in trial mode you have full access to vMotion vStorage Motion etc etc, all the premium features, these are obviously disabled if you input a more restrictive license key
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Where about inside VMWare via vSphere client?
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Did you download vSphere Client? If not, open a web browser and go to http://IPofESXiHost. Download/install the vSphere Client on your local workstation. Once installed, open the Client and log into your ESXi host by putting in the IP, then root as the user and root pwd. Once logged in, click on the License 'node' and add your license.

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cheers
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BTW, the license key provided by VMWare.com , for ESXi 4.1 Installable Update 1 (CD ISO) , was it a full license key ? For how long the license be active (e.g. 60 days). Or is it permanent? How is licensing structured?
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Its a full key but its limited features
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Do you have to pay for  a license key for full features? If so how much? Say for one server?
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The key you get when you download vSphere Hypervisor (what 'free ESXi' is called), is for "free use" only. You have to pay for a License Key that has elevated features (i.e. Essentials, Essentials Plus, etc.). You can view the 'Edition' differences here:
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/small_business_editions_comparison.html; it shows you how many hosts you can have with each 'Edition'. At a certain point, they get away from host entitlement, to CPU sockets.

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BTW..You dont pay for 1 server only btw. If you pay, the lowest 'Edition' is Essentials. You're allowed to use up to 3 hosts, you get vCenter for centralize mgmt and a couple other features, and it costs about $495US.
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In short, to have a fully functional VMWare,

For 495US,
I'll purchase VMWare Essentials
This gives me 3 hosts (e.g., install Exchange in Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 server, Web Server, AD)
I'll get vCenter for Centralise management with few features.

Which version is the combo version, which has all the FULL features that has everything in it?
How many you can host on this combo version?
Cost wise?
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Well, what you can do is download both ESXi and vCenter and 'trial' it for 60days. That WILL give you all features :) Then, you can see if that is something you like, want, need, etc, then proceed to purchase if you want to.
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BTW...to do 'trial' means to not have a license in your host.
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I did download ESXi and installed it...installing vCenter is the same way as installing the ESXi? Is there a particular version of vCenter should I be downloading?
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Yes; and yes...you need 4.1 vcenter. you need to install it on a 64-bit OS. If you need further assistance, I think it best to open another post (asking multiple questions in a single EE thread is frowned upon by EE) :)

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sorry I cannot give you more points but you are worth more than all the points in EE for your generous help.

thank you so much coolsport00.......
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glad to help...best of luck in your testing! :)
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