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VMware 5.0 Essentials

Hi Experts... We have a new installation of Vsphere 5.0 (free version installed by others) and I need to add the Essentials package for some added functionality. I am not sure how to go about this. Are there any articles you can point me to?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
firstly, you need to obtain the License Number from VMware, login to the MyVMware Portal and obtain your license key.

Download vCenter Server 5.0.

Make sure to you have a physical or virtual machine to install vCenter Server 5.0 on, and then add the license keys to vCenter Server.

See this URL



VMware vSphere 5.0 Documentation
VMware vSphere 5.0 Documentation Index

VMware vSphere Basics Guide
vSphere Installation and Setup Guide
vSphere Upgrade Guide
vCenter Server and Host Management Guide
To 'piggy-back' off what @hanccocka mentioned above, it's fairly easy to go from 'free' to purchased - you just add the license. But, what you should do 1st is install vCenter Server, preferrably in a VM. vCenter will give you some great functionality -> centralized mgmt of up to 3 hosts in your environment, ability to create Templates, ability to Clone, and ability to do VM migrations (cold migrations, not live). You also get the ability to take full VM image b/u's using VMware products or 3rd party tools such as Veeam Backup & Replication, vRanger, Acronis, etc.

So, to get where you probably want to be, do the following:
1. Create a VM and install vCenter in the VM.
2. Close your vSphere Client, then re-open and log into vCenter instead of directly to your host.
3. In vCenter, create a new Datacenter object.
4. Rt-click on the Datacenter object > Add host, to add your ESXi host(s) to the Datacenter object
5. Go to Home > Licensing and add your Essentials and vCenter licenses and assign them to your vCenter Server VM and your host(s)

That's it! Some good initial docs to focus on provided by @hanccocka's link are vSphere Install Guide and vCenter & Host Mgmt Guides.

Hope that helps.

WAT1948Author Commented:
Thank you... I had forgotten that this had not been closed.

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