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hey,

i have 5-6 new vmware hosts i want to install for a test environment. I'm looking for the most cost effective way to do this - i dont need vmotion, drs, ha or anything like that. Just backups.

What do you recommend?
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Carlos IjalbaSenior SysadminCommented:
The most cost-effective way for a test environment is to use VMware Free edition, but you do have limitations.

If you want to try all the features, just install the enterprise plus edition and use the 90 day trial.
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Well obviously.

Looking for a cost effective solution.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can evaluate ALL VMware Features with VMware vCenter Server and VMware vSphere HYpervisor (ESXi) for 60 days.

If you want to purchase licenses

VMware vSphere Essentials is limited only to 3 hosts, so no good.

you will need a license for

VMware vCenter Standard (Foundation is no good, because it limited to 3 hosts!)

5 or 6 x VMware vSphere Standard licensed per CPU in the Host
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Can I just get 2 essentials kits?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could get to essentials kits, but these would then give you

2 x vCenter Servers that cannot be linked.

So you would end up with 2 Hosts in one Datacenter, and 3 hosts in the other Datacenter ?

and you would have to manage by connecting to two different vCenter Servers, is this what you want ?

or do you want to manage all the hosts from a single data center ? (vCenter Server)
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Cobra25Author Commented:
Doesn't matter. Looking for cost effective. If that works thats fine
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you want to be able to manage as a whole unit ?

do you even need vcenter server ?

you could add all the hosts to your backup software ? (or does it need vCenter Server?)

Cost effective versus practicality ?
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Cobra25Author Commented:
So vsphere standard I guess would do it?
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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
Hi,
i agree, if you don't need any cluster features (HA, VMotion, DRS, ...) maybe you don't even need vCenter.
vCenter will provide you the central management feature, instead of connectiong to each standlone hosts. But there is no free edition.
Maybe you could just go with 5-6 ESXi free (but limited) edition.

Also you ask the most cost-effective, but there is always the "need" part.
What functions do you need? What are you going to use your ESX for?
Maybe I sound too curious ;-)
But with more details maybe we could give you better advice.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, as per my original post.

vCenter Server Standard
5 -6 vSphere Standard
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