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  • 1.  ESXI Free license

    Posted Mar 12, 2024 12:52 PM
    Hi, Is ESXI free personal license still available to be applied? If yes how to do it? Thanks, Jasper


  • 2.  RE: ESXI Free license

    Posted Mar 12, 2024 01:03 PM

    It is no longer available.

     



  • 3.  RE: ESXI Free license

    Posted Mar 12, 2024 02:52 PM
    If the 60-day trial license expired what will happen? All VM not usable or still usable with any limitation?


  • 4.  RE: ESXI Free license

    Posted Mar 12, 2024 07:06 PM

    Once the evaluation period expires, the VMs will remain in their current state, but you will not be able to do administration tasks, like e.g. powering on VMs.

    André



  • 5.  RE: ESXI Free license

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Mar 12, 2024 08:18 PM
    The next best option might be to buy a VMUG Advantage subscription, it gives you 365-day evaluation licenses for a lot of different products.


  • 6.  RE: ESXI Free license

    Posted Mar 13, 2024 12:32 AM

     Just to second 's suggestion, if this is for non production use, then the VMUG Advantage Program is the way to go. You can get 1 year subscription for $210 which will give you access to a whole bunch of software not just ESXi on 365 day licences. You also get a slight discount if you buy 3 years. 

     

    If it is for Production use, then there are 4 options available, the cheapest of which is $800 per year for 1 server, see below

     

    1. VVEP (vSphere Essentials Plus) - 96 core pack. Maximum 3 hosts, $35 dollars per core. includes vCenter - Cost=$3360
    2. VVS (VMware vSphere Standard) - $50 per core (charged at minimum 16 cores per socket). Includes vCenter. Cost of 1 host with 16 cores or less = $800 per year
    3. VVF (VMware vSphere Foundation) - $150 per core. See William Lams VVF vs VCF article for what's included. Cost variable
    4. VCF (VMware Cloud Foundation) - $350 per core. See William Lams VVF vs VCF article for what's included. cost variable