VMware Confusion

From: Eric Wolf 
So I downloaded the "free" VMware ESXi 5 and installed it. The basic
install led me to download an evaluation copy of vSphere. This is all
really cool. I've been able to set up a Win7 VM and an Ubuntu VM.

But in vSphere, at the top of the screen, it says "VMware EXSi, 5.0.0,
623860 | Evaluation (60 days remaining)"

I know the vSphere software is supposed to be an evaluation but that
message makes me afraid the Hypervisor will shut down in 60 days too. The
VMware website is a bewildering array of vThis and vThat, most of which
costs several thousands of dollars. The only thing they offer academic
pricing on is Workstation and Fusion.

Am I running a Hypervisor that's going to die in 60 days? Or is it just the
vSphere Client? If it's just the client, what do I use to manage the VMs
after the evaluation period? Should I grab an older copy of VMware ESX and
the management client?


Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Well, if you registered for and downloaded a "trial", you get full bells and whistles (none of which you'll use on a single host) for 60 days and at the end of that time period, the hypervisor will not die, but it will no longer power on your VMs. You basically need to register for a free license of ESXi, that is perpetual, you just lose all the cool toys you can't use on a single host anyway. Probably start here: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ Thanks Dave! Your instructions got me to the point where I could enter a license key for ESXi - which I had. Once that was entered, the product features dropped a little. but matching my hardware capacity - 1 physical CPU, 32GB RAM. And now it says Expires: Never! So, what do recommend I use for administration once vSphere goes away? -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Yeah, 5.x limits vRam per Socket to 32GB... still kinda sore from that one.... vsphere client won't go away/expire.... If you installed vsphere server (I didn't see any mention of it) you can just uninstall all of that and just manage the host directly via vsphere client. - -dtb - -- "Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network." RFC 1925 -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/ iEYEARECAAYFAlAh3X4ACgkQABP1RO+tr2TT8wCglL242VDAyDEpZZIIbmfY6tOx VjsAn0oxETL14ORsqkXzVorXXQaUlsbX =rRhB -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ The client for ESXi is vSphere Client, and it never expires. You will be able to use vSphere on your ESXi server indefinitely. Until you enter your product key into ESXi, it operates with the full feature set of ESX, and is in a trial mode until you enter your key. The client works on ESXi and ESX, the client doesn't expire, the server does. Also, the product key is configured for the amount of physical/virtual CPUs you specified when you applied for the product key on download of ESXi. Don't be alarmed on that either. I don't remember if ESXi's product keys operate on physical sockets or number of cores, but whichever the product key page stipulates, you can change your number of CPUs up to a total of 10 processors, I believe. Check the VMware website to verify the numbers I gave, Other than that, I am certain about the vSphere client, I've used ESXi before, it's just been a while. Have fun, and tell us about your experiences and applications! :) Don't be alarmed, keep calm and carry on. :)