Solved

esx/i liscensing basics

Posted on 2014-01-30
20
290 Views
Last Modified: 2014-02-11
Can I ask a few questions on esxi liscensing.

1) Is it 1 liscence per esxi server? So if you have 20 servers running esxi servers you need 20 liscences? What are the rules for test servers (i.e. not hosting any production vm's, do they need one as well)?

2) When you purchase a set of esxi liscences, what do they give you as a receipt? i.e. if an audit team wanted evidence of liscences, what could the IT team pass them?

3) Does vCenter require a liscence in itself?

4) and aside from normal OS and server app liscences, do the VM's running on the esxi hosts require any form of liscence so they can run as VM's on esxi, or not really?

5) could in theory you download esxi... install it on a server.. and run it, without having to enter any sort of liscence key? Or is the software not active/fully funcitonal until you enter a liscence key, thus you cant really cut any corners if you want the product to work? hence not as much risk associated with the liscensing, as theres no way they could get it wrong.
0
Comment
Question by:pma111
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • +1
20 Comments
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
alexgreen312 earned 167 total points
ID: 39820374
1. You're not buying ESXi you're buying V-Sphere, however I'm not 100% sure on this one since I just order it. I think it's based on a per processor license.

2. You get an invoice from the company you purchase it from

3. No, you can download and install V-Center on any machine, it's not licensed and is just the management tool for ESXi, you can't manage VM's from ESX itself.

4. I'd recommend you buy windows 2008r2 enterprise, you can then have as many VM's on that host as you want. E.G you have 2 hosts, buy 2 copies of windows 2008r2 enterprise and that will give you unlimited VM's running that OS

5. You can download a trial version https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=vsphere-55
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 39820377
but for 5. some software is fully functional from download, whereas others you need to enter/register a liscence key before it becomes fully functional. so if its the latter the likelehood that you are non compliant with liscence rules is almost impossible as you'd have a non fully functioning product.

I wasnt sure if an admin could pay for one copy of esxi, yet use that same key on endless servers to activate the product.
0
 
LVL 13

Assisted Solution

by:Abhilash
Abhilash earned 167 total points
ID: 39820381
1) Is it 1 liscence per esxi server? So if you have 20 servers running esxi servers you need 20 liscences? What are the rules for test servers (i.e. not hosting any production vm's, do they need one as well)?
A.No ESXi is licensed per processor. If you have a server with two processor sockets you will need to buy 2 licenses. For 20 servers having 2 processors each you will need 40licenses.

2) When you purchase a set of esxi liscences, what do they give you as a receipt? i.e. if an audit team wanted evidence of liscences, what could the IT team pass them?
A.When you purchase the license VMware will give you an invoice for the licenses you procured.

3) Does vCenter require a liscence in itself?
Yes vCenter needs a license to manage ESXi hosts.

4) and aside from normal OS and server app liscences, do the VM's running on the esxi hosts require any form of liscence so they can run as VM's on esxi, or not really?
A. No you will not need any licenses apart from ESXi and vcenter.

5) could in theory you download esxi... install it on a server.. and run it, without having to enter any sort of liscence key? Or is the software not active/fully funcitonal until you enter a liscence key, thus you cant really cut any corners if you want the product to work? hence not as much risk associated with the liscensing, as theres no way they could get it wrong.
A. yes you could download and install ESXi. By default it will work without a license in full features mode for 60 days evaluation. After which you can procure a license.

That being said. Vmware offers a Free ESXi which can be used in production too. it does not come with support. And cannot be managed using vCenter.

take a look at this for pricing details
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/pricing.html
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:alexgreen312
ID: 39820383
I think it's on a time trail basis but again I've never downloaded it :S, best bet is to just download it and see.
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 39820386
there seems a disagreement between whether vcenter needs liscensing or not? any links to backup either view?
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Abhilash
ID: 39820388
@alexgreen312
vCenter needs licensing. Its not just a tool for management, Most of the features in vSphere can be used only if youhave vCenter.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Abhilash
ID: 39820392
here's a pricing link for vCenter
http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-server/pricing.html

You can also see the other pricing list i gave you.
There's pricing details for vcenter too.
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39821970
All VMware Products NEED a license!

whether they are trial, NFR, PAID Licenses.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Abhilash
ID: 39823097
@Andrew
Trial or evaluation does not need a license. That's why its called trial :)
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 39823913
does esxi have any equivalent to MS's OSL (Open subscription license)
0
Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Integrating threat intelligence can be challenging, and not all companies are ready. These resources can help you build awareness and prepare for defense.

 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 39823918
would be very interested in what a single  esxi liscence costs.
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39823926
Yes. VMware does have a similar License Agreement, if you are large enough.

It's called VMware Volume Purchasing Program, it has four levels, Level 1 to Level 4, and a different discount for each level!

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vpp/vpp-program-guide.pdf
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 39823933
Any estimated figure on what a single vsphere licence costs, and what a vcenter licence costs?
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39823938
What version of vCenter Server ?

What version of VMware vSphere ?

At what level?
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Abhilash
ID: 39823956
Check the pricing details link i have provided in my first reply. Every licenses' information is there in it.

An essentials kit with 6 processors license, 1 vcenter license + 1 year subscription will cost you $560.
This is the basic one. And it will have very less features offered with it.
Check this below link

https://store.vmware.com/store?Action=DisplayPage&Env=BASE&Locale=en_US&SiteID=vmware&id=QuickBuyCartPage
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 39823968
Latest versions and enterprise level
0
 
LVL 118

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 166 total points
ID: 39823989
If you were at Level 4, with a 12% Discount, you would pay approx

VMware vCenter Server - Approx $10,000
including Production 3 Year Support

VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus per Socket (CPU) in Server- Approx $7,500

If you speak to your VMware Partner/Reseller/Account Manager, you will get a better discount!
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Abhilash
ID: 39824050
As Andrew mentioned we could just tell you the List Price of the product but the discounts you get on the List Price varies from partner/reseller.
You can locate a partner near your region using the Partner Locator
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 39824061
Example, if our business wanted the business, we would grant you more than the Standard 12%!

if you were on VPP! But to get on Level 4, would require a lot of points and purchases!
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Abhilash
ID: 39850258
@pma111,

I would suggest you to consider reassigning the points.
The answer you accepted is actually wrong. vCenter does require a license.
4th point is not even answered.
0

Featured Post

What Security Threats Are You Missing?

Enhance your security with threat intelligence from the web. Get trending threat insights on hackers, exploits, and suspicious IP addresses delivered to your inbox with our free Cyber Daily.

Join & Write a Comment

When we have a dead host and we lose all connections to the ESXi, and we need to find a way to move all VMs from that dead ESXi host.
In this step by step tutorial with screenshots, we will show you HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). This is important if you need to enable SSH remote access for additional troubleshooting of the ESXi hos…
Teach the user how to use vSphere Update Manager to update the VMware Tools and virtual machine hardware version Open vSphere Client: Review manual processes for updating VMware Tools and virtual hardware versions: Create a new baseline group in vSp…
How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Part 1. In this video tutorial we have explained step by step installation of Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 is explained in this video. We have explained the difference between…

743 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now