You can use the free Hypervisor license, if you're OK with the limitations like no support (except for community), and no backup API
If you want to buy a license, visit the store:
For 1 host, Essentials kit is the cheapest option
You could also look for reseller near you, they are usually able to get you a cheaper deal than paying retail at the store.
Thanks for a quick response. For the limitations, I am not sure about the physical CPU count. I saw somewhere that free license includes 2 Physical CPUs, I just wanted to be sure if I understood that correctly. I am running the host in a machine with CPU settings as mentioned in the image attached below, does it mean I have 4 Physical CPUs or is it one with 4 cores?
And you mentioned that there won't be a backup API. What is this about?
Physical CPU = socket
So you have 1 physical CPU package, with 4 physical cores, which results in 8 logical CPU's thanks to hyperthreading.
Backup api provides a mechanism to backup VM's through the hypervisor layer, instead of within the VM itself.
This way you can have faster backups and easier restores, with less perfomance impact.
More on that here:
So, if it says that I am limited to 2 Physical CPUs in free license, what does it mean? Am I safe to go for a free license and fully utilizing my server? Or 2 Physical CPUs mean 2 cores (out of 4 I have)?
The backup is not much needed right now.
Physical CPUs means physical Sockets. So with the free vSphere Hypervisor you should be fine.
Thanks for the responses.. I want to read some official words or documentation that tells me if I can use the free hypervisor license to run my ESXi host and can use it for commercial purposes. And also the detailed documentation on limitation of the free license.. I read the summary on a forum which was not official so this doesn't satisfied me...
And finally, if I enter the license key to the ESXi host, will it warn me before disabling some feature that I am using or directly cut it off? Lets assume, if my machine has 2 physical CPUs and the free license is limiting me to use one.. Am I going to get warned?
If you want something offical to read you should visit the official webpage vmware.com or better Free vSphere Hypervisor | VMware and click on the see all buttom.
If you downgrading a ESXi license you always get a warning windows. If youre currently using a feature which isnt available within the downgrading edition the downgrade would be failed and the new license will not be applied.
As a vmware parter we re selling vmware licences.
To find a vmware partner near you can try https://partnerlocator.vmware.com/ and give them a call. The vmware shop always showing the sticker price without discount and depending where your living paying with a credit card is not common for a company.