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VMware Essentials licensing question

Hello, I have a Terminal Server that I wished to convert into a VMware virtual machine running on the free ESXi hypervisor. All is well, but the free hypervisor limits my VM to 8 processor cores. My machine has 24 cores. Will the purchase of VMWare's Essentials kit unlock all the cores?

 The online store has it listed at 560.00, which is very reasonable. I don't need any Vmotion, etc - just need cores unlocked.

Thanks
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ChrisHelvey
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
here is a pricing breakdown - looks like essentials will still limit you

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf
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Kirill MorozovCommented:
You can just set 2 vCPU and 6 virtual cores
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
Actually, i take that back. You are entitled to run it on up to 6cpus(or 3 servers with 2) with no cpu restrictions
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ChrisHelveyAuthor Commented:
This is still confusing. Let me clarify. This machine has two (2) physical processors with twelve (12) cores. No, I cannot set 2 vCPU and 6 (or in my case 12) virtual cores. It will only list 4 cores.  What in the specifications makes you think it will still be limited? This is from the spec sheet FAQ:
"Q. Does the new vSphere 5 licensing model—per-processor
without limitation on the number of virtual machines,
cores or amount of physical RAM—apply to vSphere 5.0,
5.1 and 5.5?
A. Yes. The vSphere 5 licensing model applies to vSphere 5.0,
5.1 and 5.5 customers. This also applies to vSphere with
Operations Management customers.
Q. Does the new vSphere 5 licensing mod"

It's still vague to me. Looking to see if anyone has actually used 12 cores with the "Essentials" product.
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ChrisHelveyAuthor Commented:
Oops. I missed your last comment. So, it DOES look like it will allow unlimited cores, yes?
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Dirtpatch-JenkinsCommented:
From what i am reading on the vmware site, its 6cpu, no core restrictions.

So i called vmware sales, and while the guy didnt seem to happy to be talking to me since i wasnt interested in buying, he said there were no core imitations...
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ChrisHelveyAuthor Commented:
Excellent. Thanks for the help and definitive answer.
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