hkm7
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Is ESXI Free ?

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Hello

I need to install an ESXI for 4 or 5 VMs in my company, do i need to buy a Vsphere Essentials Kit or i can use a free ESXI forever ?

Thanks.

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scott28tt
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Using vSphere Hypervisor is not the same as using ESXi without a licence in evaluation mode, so yes you can use vSphere Hypervisor for more than 60 days.

You can also use 6.7 if 7.0 won't work.

https://customerconnect.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2107518

 


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scott28tt
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vSphere Hypervisor is free: https://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor.html

vSphere Essentials Kit isn't exactly expensive: https://store-us.vmware.com/vmware-vsphere-essentials-kit-282883900.html

 


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hkm7
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Thanks, but can we still use ESXI after the 60 days with the free version ? is the free version good enough for 3 or 4 VM ?

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hkm7
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Another question, my network adapter is i think not compatible with esxi 7, if i buy a Vsphere essentials kit can i use ESXI 6.7 ?

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scott28tt
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Using vSphere Hypervisor is not the same as using ESXi without a licence in evaluation mode, so yes you can use vSphere Hypervisor for more than 60 days.

You can also use 6.7 if 7.0 won't work.

https://customerconnect.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi6

https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2107518

 


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