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  • 1.  vSphere 6 Essentials Upgrades?

    Posted Jul 10, 2020 03:07 PM

    I have one ESXi host (6.7) with a vSphere 6 Essentials license. We got the Essentials over free ESXi for backup purposes.

    Is it necessary to renew our Support & Subscription every year with VMware? I don't need the support but it states we will miss out on the latest updates/upgrades. I am confused on the upgrade part. I can patch ESXi freely so what updates are they referring about?

    Thank you,



  • 2.  RE: vSphere 6 Essentials Upgrades?

    Posted Jul 10, 2020 03:55 PM

    Your vSphere Essentials doesnt contain "Support". Its only available with a Subscription which costs around 65,- per Year. You can get a 12% discounts when you sign up for 3Y.  The subscription gives you free patches and upgrade to the next major version like switching from vSphere 6 to 7 for example.

    Regards,
    Joerg



  • 3.  RE: vSphere 6 Essentials Upgrades?

    Posted Jul 10, 2020 04:50 PM

    We do pay the $66 a year. Wasn't sure what the upgrades meant but I was thinking ESXi upgrades which are always free. I was not thinking about the vSphere upgrades.



  • 4.  RE: vSphere 6 Essentials Upgrades?

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jul 10, 2020 08:12 PM

    ESXi and vSphere are the same thing in terms of licensing - you license ESXi with a vSphere license.