Can I use VMWare Essentials and Essentials Plus

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-09-19
Hi All,

I can't find any information on the VMWare site that says if you can buy and run Essentials and Essentials Plus.

Question by:detox1978
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    Accepted Solution

    They are two different Kits.

    So yes, you can run Essentials and Essentials Plus on the same network.

    But you would have

    3 x Hosts connected to vCenter Server1 - Essentials
    3 x Hosts connected to vCenter Server2 - Essentials Plus

    but the two vCenter Servers cannot be configured to connect to each other.

    to manage your hosts/vCenter, you would need two vSphere Client sessions to vCenter1 and vCenter2.
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    Assisted Solution

    You can buy either.

    Go here:

    Then select the 'Get Pricing' button.

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    Author Comment

    Why couldn't they be managed by a single vCenter?

    If they are on separate vCenter's can I use the Backup Replication that comes with Plus to backup the none Plus host VMs'?
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    Expert Comment

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Because Essentials and Essentials Plus are different kits, and cannot be added together. They are designed for small business with a maximum of three hosts, the vCenter license cannot manage more than 3 hosts. It's set by the license.

    The limit on the Essentials Kit is a Maximum of Three Hosts, and vCenters cannot be linked.

    As for Replication, you can only replicate to hosts managed by vCenter.
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    Author Comment

    Ok thanks.

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