Cannot find ESXi 5.5 ISO download

In the downloads section of MyVMware,  the VSphere 5.5 full client executable is listed as is the VMWare Tools ISO. But the core ESXi ISO installer is no where to be found (see attached screen shot).  Is this some sort of licensing registration thing? I had though ESXi 5.5 was free?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Stefan
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zicemanAsked:
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jmcgOwnerCommented:
Yes, you do need to register for a license for the free version of ESXi. Once you've registered, the corresponding download ISOs should become available for you.
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zicemanAuthor Commented:
I have registered. As you can see in the screen shot, I can get the free 5.1 without any problem. I can also download 6.0 right now. The only problem is 5.5.

I even registered again with a different email and requested a eval. When doing this, I was limited to 6.0.

Why would 5.5 be excluded?
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jmcgOwnerCommented:
Hmmm. I looked again and saw that, while it had a record that I was registered and had downloaded the product, it offered no download of ESXi 5.5 update 2 ESXi installer.

So I don't know what's going on.

One possible workaround is to download a customized ISO from one of the server vendors, if your server meets the qualification. Since I've only tried the Dell customized ISO on a Dell server, I don't know what happens if you try it on some other server.

Dell Customized Image of VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 2
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zicemanAuthor Commented:
Fantastic. This may do the trick.

But do you think it will accept the "Free" ESXi 5 license key from the MyVMWare account?
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jmcgOwnerCommented:
I don't know exactly how liberal the key system is, but I used the same key for both stock ESXi 5.5u2 and for the Dell Customized one. I think the key is good for all sub-versions of 5.0.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Only stock GA versions are available to FREE users.

that is to say, only patched versions are available to licensed users.

I would not use the Dell OEM version on a non Dell server.

if you click this link...

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6

do you get the options to download 6.0, 5.5, 5.1 FREE hypervisor ?
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zicemanAuthor Commented:
When using that link, I only get the option to download 6.0.  

If the license is not going to work, then I am still at ground zero.

It *is* a DELL server, however. A 3yr old R710.

Why would VMWare pull down 5.5 while leaving both 4.1 and 5.1 available?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ah, that ESXi 5.5 OEM will be fine on that R710.

The 5.x keys are fine for the OEM version of 5.5.
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zicemanAuthor Commented:
The DELL custom image was perfect. THANK YOU!
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