How to Manage VMware ESXi free 5.5
Posted on 2015-02-02
I have just built a customer a new server and installed ESXi 5.5 Free Edition on it to run his Windows 2003 SBS Server and then 2 2012 servers later
I Used the Converter (5.5) to move SBS Server from his old ESXi Free Ed Server to the new one as i wanted to re-size disk on way in.
Apart from it taking a day and a half maybe almost 2 (very frunstrating part of ESXi), i just used all the defaults on the way through including the upgrade of Hardware to Version 10
It finished last nigth all good
I went to edit the VM and bingo worked out that you need Web client to do so.
Anyway, i think i have read to download the vCenter ISO and run install and install Web Client Ext from there, is this right will it work with ESXi Free i am presuming yes else it would make ESXi useless.
Its a little late now but should have i just stayed on Hardware version 8 or 9 to get around this, if so i will have to re-convert the Machine again, customer wont be happy but if the Web Console works on Free then i suppose stay on version 10
What your views and advise