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Upgrading ESXi on a Dell R620

Hi.

I've got two Dell R620 servers that came with Vmware ESXi 5.0 pre-installed on SD cards.

I would like to do two things:

- Update to ESXi 5.1

- Install vCenter

When I follow the links to vCenter installation via the ESXi server's web interface, I end up on a generic VMWare download page. This web site ultimately tells me that I don't have the right to download anything. (In fact, I don't see plain old "vCenter" as on option: I see "vCenter Operations", "vCenter Recovery Manager", etc.)

Since I bought these VMWare licences with the servers themselves (rather than buying and downloading them off the website), I can't figure out how to download the components I imagine I have the right to. I created an account on VMware's web site, but can find nowhere to enter the license numbers of the ESXi software I got from Dell.

I have almost no experience with VMWare (always used KVM till now), and am lost with this licencing business.

Any clues on how to install vCenter or update to 5.1?

Thanks,

Kelly
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to register with VMware, which involves using an email address, and registering this with VMware.

Have you purchased any licenses for ESXi 5.0?

Because there is a free version or initially, it will run in Evaluation Mode for 60 days without

1. a Free License Key
2. a paid License Key.

You can use vCenter Server with Update Manager to update from 5.0 to 5.1.

But you can also update the servers manually see here:-

see here

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2032757

http://www.vladan.fr/esxi-free-how-to-upgrade-to-esxi-5-1/

So we need first to find out if you have purchased licenses for ESXi?
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colliek1Author Commented:
Thank you for your informative reply.

I have already created an account with VMware.

I purchased the licenses, but through Dell, not directly through VMware. And I can't find how to inform VMware of my purchased license keys. This is the part that's keeping me from moving forward at present.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Did you give Dell your email address?

DELL need to instruct VMware, so the licenses appear registered against your email account, and then you will be able to download licensed media.

DELL would have got your licensed keys from VMware, and they should have records of them.

But it does not really matter, if you already have the license keys to hand, you can download the Evaluation Version of vCenter Server and apply the license keys.

Do you have license keys?

See here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2011177
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colliek1Author Commented:
Yes, I have the license keys.

I'm away from the installation until tomorrow. I'll give your suggestion a try tomorrow and reply with the results.

Thank you.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have the licenses, just download the software as evaluation, and install, and use the keys you have.
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