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Please Colleagues, explain me about VMware licensing policy for Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

I registered an account and got access to «My VMware», I’ve downloaded an ISO with and vSphere and installed it. But I have notification on web account and via vSphere client connected to my newly installed vSphere host that I’m using trial version and this trial version doesn’t require license key and it will expire after 60 days.
As I see at this manual http://www.vmwarearena.com/vsphere-6-0-download-free-esxi-6-0-license-keys/ there have to be an option of «License information» where the key for free version have to be stored. BUT I have not this option, see my attached screenshot .

What to do, and how to get a real normal free vSphere license key?
Please help!
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Please Colleagues, explain me about VMware licensing policy for Free VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

I registered an account and got access to «My VMware», I’ve downloaded an ISO with and vSphere and installed it. But I have notification on web account and via vSphere client connected to my newly installed vSphere host that I’m using trial version and this trial version doesn’t require license key and it will expire after 60 days.
As I see at this manual http://www.vmwarearena.com/vsphere-6-0-download-free-esxi-6-0-license-keys/ there have to be an option of «License information» where the key for free version have to be stored. BUT I have not this option, see my attached screenshot .

What to do, and how to get a real normal free vSphere license key?
Please help!

Correct, when you install VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vSphere vCenter Server, when first started they will run in EVALUATION MODE for 60 DAYS and not require a license, this allows you to evaluate ALL THE features of VMware vSphere.

If you apply the FREE license, it will then immediately revert to FREE ESXi mode, without any bells and whistles.

Did you register for a TRIAL or FREE Download ?

All explained here in my EE Articles with the download link to register for a FREE License for ESXi.


HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0)

HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.0 (ESXi 6.0) using the vSphere Client (C# client)

HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMWARE vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (VCSA 6.0)

So do you want to trial or do you just want  a FREE license ?

Please note there is NO free version of the management server - vCenter Server.
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Thank you very much!
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