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GhostR1der
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4 hosts - Need Centralization, Monitoring/Alerting, full hardware utilization, RBAC

Greetings,

I've inherited a lab that currently consists of 4 hosts that are running ESXi 6.5 (free version). I'd like to confirm what licenses I can acquire to achieve the following:

  • One central portal to navigate between the host systems.
  • Role based access to hosts
  • License(s) to fully utilize hardware for each host(s)
  • Monitoring capabilities (hardware utilization, allocation, etc)
    • Alerting if any threshold on the above is met (optional)

Why am I asking here? I've tried to understand licenses, and I think I have an idea what I may be able to purchase. However, I'm no VMWare expert, and I'd like to confirm my research is correct and I haven't painted myself should we decide to build out or make changes to the lab.

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KarimovWise
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You need 1 vCenter Server license and N vSphere Standard licenses (where N is the total number of physical CPUs (sockets, not cores) in your 4 servers).

There is also "Standard Acceleration kit", that contains 1 vCenter Server license and 6 vSphere licenses (AFAIR) and you can buy additional vSphere licenses if needed.

You will have all necessary capabilities, you have asked for.

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