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Downloading and installing free ESXi 6

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


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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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Claude Constantinescu


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
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....

VMware, a software company founded in 1998, was one of the first commercially successful companies to offer x86 virtualization. The storage company EMC purchased VMware in 1994. Dell Technologies acquired EMC in 2016. VMware’s parent company is now Dell Technologies. VMware has many software products that run on desktops, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS, which allows the virtualizing of the x86 architecture. Its enterprise software hypervisor for servers, VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi), is a bare-metal hypervisor that runs directly on the server hardware and does not require an additional underlying operating system.

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