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VMware ESXi 5.5 is free, right? Why am I in a 60-day evaluation mode?

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Just wondering if someone can help shed some light on this, and how to take it out of eval mode if it is, in fact, free.
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Installs a full version for 60 days and then reverts to free mode, which is pretty crippled when it comes to deep functionality.  There is a license explanation video on this page.

http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor
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Answered my question, and the video showed me exactly how to apply my license, and what limitations I have. Since I'm only running 1-2 VMs, the 32GB of RAM limitation is trivial to me.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1800 total points
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See my EE Article, the FREE version is NOT limited anymore to 32MB!

HOW TO: What's New in VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 (ESXi 5.5)

The answer selected is ALSO incorrect, it does not revert to FREE Mode! If you do not apply a license, it Expires, and does not allow you to power on VMs!

You need to Apply a License, which is available FREE on Registration!

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client
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Oh. :(

This seems good to know.
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