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Dear Experts:

Recently 03 months ago purchased Vmware Essential plus below are the details:

1.VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Bundle for 2 year VMware vSphere 4 Essentials Plus Bundle for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host and 6 cores per processor)
2. VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Bundle for 2 year VMware vSphere 4 Essentials PLUS for 1 processor of quantity=6
3. VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Bundle for 2 year VMware vCenter Server 4 Essentials for vSphere
all the above  1 to 3 are of Production Support/Subscription for 2 years.
Still, I have not yet registered or activated the above purchased product  was waiting for the storage to be delivered now that too got delivered next week i have planned for the implementation but now Vmware has released Vpshere ESXi 5.0 also Vcenter for suse linux (preconfigured) Iam very much interested to deploy Vcenter on linux suse instead of windows
Requesting to clarify the below doubt:

Please let me know will i be eligible to use Vsphere ESXi5.0 as i have not yet activated the ESXi4.1.

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If you have a valid Support and Subscription Service, you will be eligible to upgrade.

You should have received your licenses and support agreements to a name contact and email address at the time of purchase.

A password would have been supplied with you to login at the time to VMware, where you can check and manage your Licenses and Support Contracts.

You will also find there, you new Licenses for vSphere 5.0 (ESXi 5.0).

I would login to the VMware site, if you do not have your login details, I would speak to your Reseller or Distributor for the details.
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Sir, Thank you very much. I just logged into my vmware account and registered the Serial Numbers/Activation Code (s):. with this Old version license got deactivated and got created with the vsphere 5 essentials plus and vcenter server 5 essentials

Iam happy that i got new version but iam afraid with the limitations , My requirement is to acheive the HA with the two servers (HP Proliant DL 380g5 and Dell R710) each server has got 48GB RAM and two processors on each server. Please let me know where i will have limitations for this essential plus
1.How much RAM will essential plus be able to use for each server
2.How much processor will essential plus be able to use on each server
3. any other limitations on the utlization of server resources
Iam only afraid is recently upgraded server ram to 48 GB on each server
and each server is with two processors

Please help.
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with ESXi 5.0, there are no more limits on Cores on the processors, as there was with ESXi 4.x. You can use as many cores on the processors as you like, vSphere 4.0 was limited to 6 or 12 depending upon licensing, there are no limits on the number of cores.

BUT, ESXi 5.0 now does have a vRAM limit.

vRAM pooling is a new feature introduced in vSphere 5.0 vRAM is the total memory configured to a virtual machine and is completely independent of the physical RAM you install in an ESXi host.

Note: The vRAM feature is only applicable for vSphere 5.0 hosts. vRAM does not apply to vSphere 4.x hosts.

Your vRAM entitlement for ESXi 5.0 Essentials Plus is 32GB.

See here
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2000935 

What this means, is if you have virtual machines that exceed 32GB of vRAM, you would be better off with ESXi 4.1 U1.
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Sir, Thank you very much few doubts please help.
1.Can i install the ESXi5 on 3 hosts.
2. I could understand not limitations with the processors
3. having two servers of each server with 48GB. i think i need not remove the physical ram to make it 32 GB instead limitation is with the Vram capacity is limited to 32GB and should not be exceeded.
4.In my case i will be required to run 6VM on each server in that one VM will be alloacted 10Gb and reamining 4 vms of 8GB.

request you to please help me int he above 4 doubts.Thanks in advance.


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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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1. yes - The Essentials Kits are all-in-one solutions for small environments
(up to three hosts with two CPUs each).

see here
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf

2. There are no limitations with Cores, you can use ESXi 5.0 on your servers, 2 CPU each.

3. No requirement to remove the ram. You will not be able to exceed a total of 32GB allocated to Virtual Machines. See here
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2000935 

4. You TOTAL VM vRAM limit per server is 32GB, as long as the total amount allocated to VMs does not exceed 32GB, you will be okay.


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Thank you very much.
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