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  • 1.  Limitation of the free ESXi?

    Posted Dec 15, 2009 03:26 AM

    We have purchased vSphere with 3 standard ESX/ESXi. What is the difference between installing ESXi with the paid license and with the free license?

    How many physical servers can we install with the free ESXi license? And can all these servers use the same license key?

    Also, any problem if we install vCenter on the free ESXi server to manage the 3 ESX servers?

  • 2.  RE: Limitation of the free ESXi?
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    Posted Dec 15, 2009 03:35 AM

    The difference between ESXi free and the licensed editions is the features available. You can see the features you get as you add a licensing level here. You're not limited to the number of hosts you can install with your free ESXi license, but you can't manage them with vCenter without adding a vCenter Agent license. It would be no problem to install vCenter in a VM on ESXi to manage your other ESX hosts.


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  • 3.  RE: Limitation of the free ESXi?

    Posted Dec 15, 2009 06:09 AM

    Have a look at:


  • 4.  RE: Limitation of the free ESXi?

    Posted Dec 15, 2009 06:30 AM

    Wow, that's a good link with all the answers linked in a page. :smileyhappy:

    Thanks for the replies! I have mark Dave's as answer and Andre's as helpful.