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I purchased additional memory for the blades on my Cisco UCS - so each went from 96 gig to 192 gig.  Unfortunately I did not realize the sizable expense of upgrading VMWare to be licensed for using all that additional memory.  (Oops) SO while I wait for approval for almost $30k in VMWare licensing which might not come for months - what would be the effect to installing that memory onto the blades without upgrading the licensing?  

Would VMWare just ignore the additional memory?
Would VMWare stop working?
Would it work fine and see the additional memory but give you stern warning the you're not in compliance?
Would you be voiding your support agreement?

I just hate having the memory sit in the cardboard box.  And if any of it is DOA I would want to know that sooner rather than later so I could RMA.  Thoughts??
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it will work without issue the only problem is you are violating license agreement
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VMware remove the vRAM Entitlement last year when it released vSphere 5.1 so there is no cost on adding additional memory to your VMware Hosts.

Hope this help.
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Very interesting bluedan.  Can you point me to a doc to that effect??  You'll have  made my day.  :-)
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The only editions in which vRAM enforcement was a "hard enforcement" were Essentials and Essentials plus. In those editions, you weren't able to power on VMs if you were exceeding the 192GB allowed. The rest of editions, you were able to power on as many VMs as you wanted.
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What version are you on 5.0 or 5.1 ?
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We have 5.1
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Okay, so no RAM restrictions apply.
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As hanccocka stated, no RAM restrictions, just CPUs/Cores.

I just built an entire VMWare environment with both HP Gen8 and Cisco UCS Servers and this was a topic that was covered in depth, so do not worry.
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Thank you.
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