ESX License

Licensing Status on vSphere ClientVersionsVSphereClient VMsIn 2012, I purchased "VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Kit for 3 hosts" for about $600 for my first VMWare server. Since then I set up two VMWare servers (as seen in the screenshot), but the one with IP address of 192.168.1.33 will be removed as I am going to setup a new VMWare box here soon and move existing virtual machines from 192.168.1.33 to a new box (with IP address of 192.168.1.34)

That said, I am not familiar with licensing, so I like to have a better understanding.
(1) When they say "VMware ..... for 3 hosts", what does that mean and how does it apply in my situation?

(2) Can I download the newest ESXi (ESXi 5.1 ??) and use it for the new VMWare server box and still in compliance with licensing?

Thanks.
sgleeAsked:
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Nick RhodeConnect With a Mentor IT DirectorCommented:
1) What they mean by 3 hosts is it licenses up to 3 physical servers with 2 sockets each (2 cpu's per host).

2) As long as you have been paying the yearly support fee you can request an updated key through your VMware account and download the 5.1 or 5.5 essentials key
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
1) understood.
2) never paid any fee since the purchase. So I am stuck with 5.0 then unless I pay annual subscription fee?
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Its usually a support fee which is like 1/5 or 1/4 the price of the license each year.  Check out your VMware account.  You should be able to get 5.1 or 5.5 license keys
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
All 5.x licenses are applicable to 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5. There are no 5.1 or 5.5 keys.

They are all 5.x keys, and work for 5.0, 5.1 and 5.5. But they will not work for 6.0!

You've got licenses for 3 x 2 CPU Licenses, so if you can assign a license to 3 Servers with 2 CPUs each
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Is it worth getting 5.1 or 5.5 over 5.0?
If I can create Windows 8 virtual machine on 5.0, then I will not be much concerted about upgrading to 5.1 or 5.5.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 requires 5.0 U3, so you will need to patch...

That very much depends on your requirements, and features that your require, I would look at What's New in 5.5.

If you are implementing VMware vSphere for the very first time, I would go with 5.5.

HOW TO: What's New in VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 (ESXi 5.5)
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@ hanccocka
I have one VMWare with ESXi V5. If I want to upgrade to 5.5, how do I do that?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@sglee, the question you posted was about licensing, and started to go off topic at http:#a39729891

This is definately a new question. If the Answers have been helpful please assign points, and please post a new question " If I want to upgrade to 5.5, how do I do that? ", and myself or other Experts will be glad to assist.

It keeps the same topic flow, in this thread.
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