Vmware licenses

Posted on 2015-02-05
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Last Modified: 2015-03-16
Maybe a stupid question.

Short on budget so I need a temporary solution.

I have two hosts that I need to install standard licenses.

I have existing 2 hosts with 2 cores per host. They are doing very little. Im thinking I license just one core per host and use the other 2 for my 2 new hosts?

Do I have to physically take out the 2nd CPU on order to do this?
Question by:Matt
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VMware vSphere is licensed per socket. (not cores!).

If you have a server with two cpus, in their sockets, you will need two VMware vSphere licenses, and it will not work, if it detects a 2nd CPU, and you only have 1 CPU license.

So you will have to remove it!

Why not purchase VMware vSphere Essentials at approx $600, and get 3 x 2 CPU Licenses and vCenter Server ?

Do you really need all the features ?

and Standard License does not get your vCenter Server, which is extra!

So if you need to manage two servers, as a Datacenter, you would need vCenter Server, at approx £3,500. + support.

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Sorry I meant socket.

I have Essentials. But im trying use SRM. Essentials doesn't have replication licensed.

Hmm... Unless I can upgrade essentials to essentials +?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Depends on the version of SRM.

SRM 5.1 is compatible with Essentials Plus!

You may get an account manager, they may lift you from Essentials to Essentials Plus!

But it's normally re-purchase.

What version of SRM ?

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I do use a reseller that normally advises me on our requirements. Missed that one though. Should have done it myself.

Thanks for advice.

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