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  • 1.  can vmware esxi upgrade to vmware esx version?

    Posted Dec 16, 2011 07:45 AM

    I am using the free version of vmware esxi 4 in single the HP DL380G6 server.

    Now I would like to install a new vmware server, I will take these two vmware server working on HA and DRS mode.

    please tell me:

    1. what kind of license should I need to purchase?

    2. is it necessarily to upgrade the vmware esxi 4 to ESX version?

    3. is it necessarly to purchase a nas storage for these vmware servers?

    If you have any good suggestion, please let me know.

    thanks.



  • 2.  RE: can vmware esxi upgrade to vmware esx version?

    Posted Dec 16, 2011 07:52 AM

    hi

    1. First license - Enterprise
      http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/editions_comparison.html
    2. Nope, currently in vSphere 5 you have only ESXi bu anyway it would be good to resinstall it from scratch.
    3. Nope, you can use local server storage with VSA appliance
      http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere/vsphere-storage-appliance/overview.html

    Message was edited by: arturka Enterprise license - I forgot about DRS



  • 3.  RE: can vmware esxi upgrade to vmware esx version?

    Posted Dec 16, 2011 07:55 AM

    For HA and DRS you'll need at least Enteprise licensing - http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere/mid-size-and-enterprise-business/compare-editions.html.   If you were just to go with HA, then you could use Essentials Plus (which also includes vMotion).

    You don't have to migrate to ESX.  ESXi can be licensed with the same feature set as ESX.  Once you migrate to vSphere 5, it is only ESXi that is available.

    For HA / DRS you do require some form of shared storage - FC SAN, iSCSI SAN or NFS.   There are some virtual SAN options available (in which case you would run 1 virtual SAN node on each ESXi host which would mirror each other).  That would provide the shared storage that your VMs would use.