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We want to use VMWare to host our server ... but the cost is around 7000.00 and it is too high to us. Any alternative way to host VM for cheaper?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Rajul Raj


I need in window based
John Tsioumpris

I think the most basic info is what kind of requirements you have...and you what is your current status....
For me i have used a 2nd hand server for less than $1000 with 2x6-core XEONs and massive 48 RAM....the disk were not my concern because i already had a SAN but you could get a nice deal also on the disks..
Vmware ESXI Free Edition while it lacks some features it has all you need to host and run all kind of VMs...and for some of the hidden/inaccessible features Vmware Vsphere Client desktop edition works just fine (i have ESXI 6)...
Right now i host a dozen of VMs ranging from 8core/24gb SQL server to tiny 1-core 1gb test machines...
Also a great alternative is Microsoft Hyper-V server....totally free with more features than the locked down Vmware ESXI but habits are habits....and so i am using VMware...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Windows Server 2012/2016 and add the Hyper-V role.

What's also wrong with using VMware vSphere Essentials at approx $600 USD ?

What features do you want to use ?

Just very basic features like I can allocate hard drive and ram for each vm.

Each vm will host window server 2012 or 2008 with ms sql 2012 and visual studio 2017

It is more like for developer
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

All those can be done with the FREE version of ESXi, or the basic Essentials version.
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Can you show me the free download link?
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Scott Silva

You do know that even though you said "Windows based" Vmware is actually a Linux core?

You don't need windows to run virtualized Windows...
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