Can I use VMWare Essentials and Essentials Plus

Hi All,

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

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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.
You can buy either.

Go here:

Then select the 'Get Pricing' button.

detox1978Author Commented:
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'?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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.
detox1978Author Commented:
Ok thanks.
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