I have ESXi 5 free edition installed on a HP DL380 G7 with 2 processors (total of 12 cores) and 32 GB of RAM.
If I upgrad it to ESXi 5.1 free edition will I be able use all the hardware I'll have to buy and use a paid version?
Thanks in advance
Like ESXi 5.0, ESXi 5.1 does not have a limitation on physical CPUs and/or cores, but only on the physical memory (32GB). Even the limitation for the vRAM entitlement has been removed with ESXi 5.1, which means you can overcommit memory if you want/need to.
Did you do this upgrade as I have just installed 5.1 'free' on my system and the licence is saying its for 1 physical CPU. vSphere client reports the licencing as follows, has somehting changed with the licencing? I haven't actually dropped the second CPU in yet, will this just say 2 CPUs once the second CPU goes into the server?
VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor Licensed for 1 physical CPUs (unlimited cores per CPU)