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  • 1.  Disk Encryption

    Posted Nov 25, 2019 04:28 PM

    Given an ESXi free host, is there any way to encrypt the virtual disks of the guest VMs?

    If so, what is the minimum ESXi version?

    Are there other prerequisites for the host and/or the guests?



  • 2.  RE: Disk Encryption
    Best Answer

    Posted Nov 25, 2019 04:31 PM

    No, ESXi free cannot do this.

  • 3.  RE: Disk Encryption

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Nov 25, 2019 04:39 PM

  • 4.  RE: Disk Encryption

    Posted Nov 26, 2019 12:48 AM

    You can use Truecrypt or similar tools - completely independant of the vSphere version.

  • 5.  RE: Disk Encryption

    Posted Nov 26, 2019 09:13 AM


    VM Encryption using the same name vSphere feature is not possible with the license of VMware ESXi. You need at least vSphere Enterprise Plus and some additional stuff, like a Key Management Server.

    But you can use disk encryption inside your VM, like Microsoft Bitlocker.