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hi
I thought Vmware ESXI works for unlimited physical cpu .. but limited to 64 GB of Ram

but as soon i provided the key which i got at time of registraion.,
i am seeing this

Product: VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor Licensed for 1 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)
License Key: MN427-4224P-48T40-003H6-9NE75
Expires: Never

Product Features:
    Up to 32 GB of memory
    Up to 8-way virtual SMP


so does not it mean . that if i have 2 physical cpu.. it will not work for 2nd cpu ???

please let me know ..
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VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 Free is ALWAYS 32GB RAM.

How many cores do you have per processor?

Can you screenshot the Summary Page?
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the one i installed today it has 1 physical cpu with 8 core

but tomorrow i will install another server wich has 2 physical cpu 16 core ..

so in that case i cant use that !! because as soon as I am putting the key.. it will go back to 1 processor!!

please say i am wrong!!



here is screen shot for 1 physical cpu with 8 core server
processor.GIF
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VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 5.0 = 1 physical CPU
RAM - 32GB RAM

The Free version is not designed for Production, it's designed for Test and Develeopment, to decide if you are going to use the product, in Production.

Free version is not designed for Production.
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now i came back to squre 1 again!!


so i will have to buy VMware vSphere Essentials Kit with 495 USD .. to use 2 phsyical processor ..


right ??

and thats my last option,...
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Yes. If you have decided that VMware is the correct product.

To use 64GB RAM, 32GB vRAM per Processor, and two processors. (3 hosts, including vCenter).

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Personally I think $560 is a Bargain!

VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Kit for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host) and 192 GB vRAM entitlement + Subscription for 1 year

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hmmm

just one confuseion..

supose if i hvae 3 server with 2 physical cpu and 2 server with 1 physical cpu ..

now if i buy  VMware vSphere Essentials Kit and put those 3 licence in 3 physical server
but then will i be able to use Vcenter to manage all 5 servers ??


or vcenter will be only for those 3 registered server??
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When you purchase Essentials, you will get two keys.

A. License Key for vCenter Server. (applied on installation of vCenter)
B. License Key for a total of 6 Procesors for Essentials. (3 Servers x 2 Processors)

When you add you servers to vCenter, you'll assign a License to the Servers, the result will be you will not have any licenses left.

You will not be able to add any more servers to vCenter, you'll not be able to add any FREE ESXi 5.0 servers to vCenter. (they need an Agent, which does not exist in free).

To add another two physical servers, will require Acceleration Kit Upgrades, which includes a vCenter Standard License (manage up to 1000 servers), and you will then need to add 2 Standard Servers.

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Do you have Shared Storage? e.g. a SAN?
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no . currently we dont have any SAN ..

thats why .. i am not bother live migration or other things.....

"will require Acceleration Kit Upgrades  " How much will it cost ??
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These Acceleration Kits combine a VMware vSphere edition together with VMware vCenter Server and are available for up to 30% off the list price of components.

Acceleration Kit Upgrades - You will need to contact a VMware Reseller or Partner for Costs.

http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/vsphere_accel_purchaseoptions.html

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