Vmware Licenses and Enterprise Lab Enviroment

Some vendors allow you to use their issues license(s) in a DR / lab enviroment without purchaing additional licenses> Does Vmware allow you to do this? We have enterprise plus licnese and hoping to setup a lab enviroment with something other have the free hyperzior license so we can use the vCEnter appliance, vmotion etc...
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
I don't know of such a arrangement ... Maybe you can get licenses without the support, I'd have to talk to sales about that or maybe Andrew knows ... Another option is to become a partner and go for NFR licenses, they are not that expensive, but you'll need some people that want to take exams and pass them before you can become a partner.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Unfortunately, you will not be able to use your licenses for a Lab.

You can only be a VMware Partner if you want to Sell VMware Products! And you only get them, if you join and pay to join, and your Revenue is a certain sales target, which is more expensive, than joining VMUG!

BUT, there are other options available to you, the cheapest option is to sign-up to VMUG Advantage.

part of VMUG Advantage is

VMware's EVALExperience
New in 2015! VMware's EVALExperience gives you exclusive access to nine VMware applications to test for 365 days for personal use in a non-production environment. EVALExperience provides all of the tools you need to stay in the game and take your career to the next level, all in one place!

http://www.vmug.com/Advantage

So you can get ALL VMware Evaluation Products for 365 days, for $200!

OR..... Just use the Evaluation licenses which last 60 days, and use AutoLab to rebuild your environment every 59/60 days, this is what we do as vExperts!

see my EE Article, it can be done with ESXi as well!

HOW TO: Set up a lab environment for vSAN using VMware Workstation
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compdigit44Author Commented:
This is good to know but what is are my other options if management turns this down.


We have very limited options with the free hypervizoer... not vcenter support... or vmotion

Could RvTools help at all in this situation
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
This is good to know but what is are my other options if management turns this down.

Management turns down, $200 purchase of VMUG, or the use of Evaluation Licenses, e.g. for 60 days ?

Purchase another set of Licenses from VMware!

DR and Lab are different things!

Could RvTools help at all in this situation

Not sure what use RVTools would be to help with a license isue.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
I was thinking in regards to management of the free hypervizoer environment as a backup plan... ;-)
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compdigit44Author Commented:
Stupid question ... I would like to rebuild lab so it mirrors are production environment which is still ESXI 5.1 are the VMUG eval licenses downgraded able?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I was thinking in regards to management of the free hypervizoer environment as a backup plan... ;-)

FREE does not get you anything, no vCenter Server, no vMotion, no Clustering, no vMotion, no DRS. Just a handful of standalone servers!

You would be better off with EVALUATION 60 DAY period, and rebuild every 60 days.

Stupid question ... I would like to rebuild lab so it mirrors are production environment which is still ESXI 5.1 are the VMUG eval licenses downgraded able?

All 5.x licenses are the same!

The VMUG Licenses are 365 Day Licenses, e.g. they expiry after a year.

You may want to read this...

The licenses available to VMUG Advantage Subscribers are 365-day evaluation licenses for personal use in a non-production environment that require a one-time, annual download.

A 365-day evaluation license for use in a home lab for personal use only.

You must make the decision, if you comply with the above, otherwise your Organisation will have to purchase.

Licenses are likely to be for VMware vSphere 6.0

e.g current release.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
VMUG sounds like a good options if it does cover ESXi 5.1 ... I will try my best to convince management
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMUG Advantage Subscribers Licenses are for vSphere 6.0.

and you are not using it for a Home Lab, and not Personal, so you are in breach of the license.

The same breach if you went ahead and used your current licenses again for a lab!

and now that we've advised you of such, your cannot be ignorant of the fact, in terms of Licensing!

So, options:-

1. use FREE Licenses.

2. use EVALUATION 60 Day Licenses and Rebuild every 60 days.

3. Purchase Licenses.

4. Ignore everything in this Question!
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compdigit44Author Commented:
I am sorry it was my misunderstanding....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If it was on your own kit, at your home, you would be fine!

But on Organisation Kit, it's a murky grey area.....

Have you seen AutoLab, and refresh build/licenses every 60 days...

there's the loop hole!
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compdigit44Author Commented:
yes I have seen autolab but we need a lab that we can setup and be there when we need it and not work about refreshing the setup or backing up the running VMs every 60 days
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You do not have to Backup the VMs, because there are on NFS, which does not change.

You just need to Backup the SQL Database! (and thats' not really a requirement).

Just register the VMs.

ESXi Host Servers are Auto-Built, and take a few minutes, and vCenter Server does not take long to rebuild either!

Worth a try, and it's free and complies with Licensing.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
true... with the hypervisor license can you use he same license on three different host or do you have to go and register reach one?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Technically, you should have 3 separate licenses, otherwise it would be a violation of the license agreement. But there is nothing stopping you from doing this.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
You can still get ESXi 5.1 hypervisor licenses correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can obtain VMware vSphere 6.0 license keys, and then Downgrade them to 5.x.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
I am that much wiser now thanks to you....LOL
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