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ESXI 3.5 download

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I have purchased a dell 6650 with a 32bit CPU architecture and would like to know where I can get access to download ESXI 3.5.

I have contacted VMware and even though the ISO can be download its restricted to only those who have purchased it in the past.

I was wondering if anyone know where I can get access to the ISO image.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015

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Sounds pretty much illegal to provide the ISO if VMware restricts downloads to customers?!
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems Administrator

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not necessarily...just having the ISO will run as a trial; still need a serial number though it won't be possible to purchase that since it's so old.  don't think they even sell 4.x anymore

Author

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In their words they said they only provide the updated version. ESXI 3.5 has a license and free versions. Im looking for the free version. In VMwares case they don't to provide support for ESXI 3.5 therfore they choose not to provide it.
Sr. Systems Administrator
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it was no longer available as of june 2010 and out of support may 2013

VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/support/Product-Lifecycle-Matrix.pdf
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
Top Expert 2015

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A trial would be useless for anything but short tests...
They stopped providing downloads for ESX 3.5, but they still have vSphere 4.0 update 4 if that interests you.

Author

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Do you think it will work with a sell 6650 32bit cpu? VMware is not my strong area
Allow me to introduce you to their compatibility search guide.  I love this thing, you can look up which servers are supported by the different versions of vSphere/ESX.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php
Is it PowerEdge?
I'm not finding PowerEdge 6650 on the compatibility guide for any of the versions. This doesn't appear to be supported even by vsphere 4.0 u4. I'd check the Dell site to be sure.
Top Expert 2015

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QEMU derivatives like virtualbox or XEN are more suitable for that old hardware. Hint - Ubuntu or Suse or Oracle linux
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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If you spend some time using a search engine you will find the download you are looking for!

I found it in a few minutes....

Author

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It appears the server is only compatible with esxi 3.5

Author

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Yes it's a poweredge

Author

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I wonder if I can upgrade the cpu to a 64bit
See Andy's hint above.

Author

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I read andys post and the only resource that's promising is on vmwares site and it's blocked for me. What key words are you using
I was able to  find this on the VMware website, can you access this? You will need to register on MyVMware to be able to download it.

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_downloads/vmware_infrastructure_3/3_5%23open_source

Author

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I get this error from them


You either are not entitled or do not have permissions to download this product.
Check with your My VMware Super User, Procurement Contact or Administrator.

If you recently purchased this product through VMware Store or through a third-party, try downloading later.
Something is up with your MyVMware account. You can contact their customer service to get it figured out.

Are you logged in? https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/login
It appears that there may be other sources online, but that will be at your own risk to discover and download. ;)

Author

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Yes I'm logged in. I did call them and because I didn't purchase it while it was offered I won't be able to get it
Ahhhhh! Well there may be other sources out there, but that will be up to you to discover. Sorry we couldn't help more. Good luck!
Top Expert 2015

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xen is pretty legal on your server. Though some modern 64bit micro server will jump around in circles around yours performance wise.
Neither virtualization will be particularly fast on your machine. Sockets on your computer do not fit any NX-capable or 64bit or VT cpus. Though it may make fancy (and loud) desktop with adequate video card and 4 CPU slots populated.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Please note your Biggest issue will be you will NOT be able to get a free license!

ESXi 3.5 is defunct end of life!

You are correct only registered users that paid money to VMware can download ESXi 3.5 from their servers.

I would seriously have a think about using modern hardware and modern current software!
Mr Tortu(r)eSystem Engineer

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Hi,
and without 64bits or VT what will you do with your ESX? yes I know, none of my concern, but as far as you won't be able to nest any 2008R2 and newer windows version, or any 64 bits Linux VM, you won't do a lot of things with that. Maybe a win2003 VM.. just before the end of support!
If you want to use this old hardware/software you can't buy the license, that's a fact, so you can simply look for it on "other" sites but not the VMware one. You will find everything you look for really easily : source ISO and license. Note that on ESX 3.5 the license was a file and not a serial number as far as I know.

I suppose your purpose is to use this physical server, or to test ESX, but you'd better buy a low cost compatible hardware and put ESXi 5.5 on it, it will really be more usefull.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You will also need the license server for the license file which is a flex license and as far as I know most ESXi 3.5 licenses have expired!

Apart from special issued licenses!

Author

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Thank you all for your input. It only makes sense to use this server as a physical machine. Next time ill do some additional research before buying retro-technology.
Mr Tortu(r)eSystem Engineer

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Yes sure, I forgot, license server is needed too.
What you tell Andrew seems right but when I check my old 3.5 license file I don't see any expiration date ; also I don't remember there was one (expiration date) for all ESX 3.5 customers I have installed.. but I can be wrong.
Or I have only special licenses but I really don't think so.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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It was Dependant on if you had Support and Subscription!
It was a nice retro ESX discussion. Sorry that you weren't able to realize a good way to use I hope you learned a lot about what to look for in the future though.
Top Expert 2015

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XEN and virtualbox can work, just that no current vmware will run on it.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I'm going to object here, maybe it didn't but Answers were provided, which are correct and accurate.

So in Answer to your original question:-

I have purchased a dell 6650 with a 32bit CPU architecture and would like to know where I can get access to download ESXI 3.5.

I have contacted VMware and even though the ISO can be download its restricted to only those who have purchased it in the past.

I was wondering if anyone know where I can get access to the ISO image.

and I can post this Link at the Dell Site because it's official!

Your download and ISO is here:-

VMware-VMvisor-InstallerCD-3.5.0_Update_5-207095.i386_DELL_Customized_OM603.iso
Top Expert 2015

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But you cant get that one past trial period ...