Downloading and installing free ESXi 6

Claude Constantinescu
Claude Constantinescu used Ask the Experts™
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I want to install ESXi 6.5 on a new server and build 3 guests on that host, to purchase a license is very expensive.
How limited am I if I just download the free license?
Where can I download it from and can I use it for ever?
Do I need to register?
How do I install it?

I know I asked several questions but I would appreciate your help

Thanks!
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

Commented:
Free version installs the same and gives you all features, but time limited. You can download it from VMware directly.

Software licenses are just the cost of doing business. There are other hypervisors, but the free ones are generally not suited or licensable in a production environment.
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Commented:
The Free version is NOT TIME LIMITED. That's the evaluation version e.g. no license applied! Register an email address get a free license!

Many VMware custiomers are using the FREE version in Production, with Production Workloads, there is nothing in the VMware vSphere EULA which states otherwise!

The version you download is a 60 day evaluation version, where you can evaluate ALL the features, if you register your email address and apply the free license key, it turns it into a FREE version with less features.

All yours questions are answered in my EE Articles, step by step tutorials, with screenshots every step of the way for VMware Beginners, and if you don't understand I'm here to hold you by the hand....so just reach out to me.

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 (ESXi 6.7)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 (ESXi 6.7) using the vSphere (HTML5 Web) Host Client 6.7

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 (ESXi 6.7)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 (ESXi 6.7) using the vSphere Host Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.7 (ESXi 6.7)

Part 6: HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 6.7 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell.You'll only be able to download 6.7 for FREE now.

Part 7: HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server

Part 8: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server

You will need to register an email address to obtain the FREE license key!

Remember a basic starter edition only costs $700 for 3 x 2 CPU Hosts and 1 x vCenter Server license!
I registered and I got a license key, I downloaded the software, it's 331 MB
CDW quoted me $16,800 for ESXi 6 license supporting 2 CPUs
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
It depends what licensing you requested!

vSphere Essentials - $700 (approx) - 3 x 2 CPU Licenses for 3 hosts and vCenter Server License.

Correct it's about 300MB, iso! (Install to USB flash drive!)

without knowing what that was quoted for it is difficult to say....

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