I was under the impression that all RAM limitation had been removed for 5.1, including the free version of ESX. Trying to use free version but it's giving an error that we are over the 32GB limit.
Reading this FAQ, I agree with you. IMO there should be a note regarding the physical limitation rather than the non-existing vRAM entitlement. Anyway the limit unfortunately exists and is documented in http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf
Thank you all -- Even though a simple oversight, this has been very helpful!
I appreciate VMware offering a free option but most hosts out there have way more than 32 gig these days. The limitation is unfortunate!