MGregory1
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obtaining license key for expired eval of vsphere hypervisor 4.0 (ESXi free)

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I've tried searching the vmware website but am not having any luck, perhaps i'm just not looking in the right area or using the right terminology.

My problem, I have a host running hypervisor 4.0 free, it is in trial mode so I could test some vmware backup software (which I never got to). I'm trying to add a couple more VM's but it won't let me because the trial has expired. I simply want to register or obtain a license key for the free version with 2 physical CPU's for this host, but I can't figure out how to do that. Is this still possible? Can I not obtain a free license for 4.0? I'm just using this host as a temporary offload of VM's while we upgrade hard drives in another host. I could just wipe it and start over but the host has a couple VMs on it I cloned over to it using vmware converter from another host. I don't want to have to move them back as thats a 3+ hour process for each one.

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a_p_
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You can register for a free license key at http://www.vmware.com/go/get-free-esxi

I'm not 100% sure, but I think the key is also good for 4.0.

André

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Ather_Beg
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Hi MGregory1

Didn't you get a key mailed to you when you downloaded the ISO? If so, you need to enter that into Configuration -> Licensing. If you got the software from somewhere else and don't have a key, then get one by downloading another copy.

MGregory1
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I believe I used a disc I had the ISO burned onto. I wasn't planning on using the trial more than 60 days, but as usual things don't go as planned.

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idle-jam
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You do no need to rebuild the whole ESX host, all you need is to register the free key for ESXi (free edition), and enter into it.


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MGregory1
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Anyone else? I've tried searching the vmware website but am not having luck finding an answer. It looks like I may have to offload these VM's and download a newer free version to get a key. I was really hoping to avoid this as it will take me a full day or two to get the VM's we were goign to temporarily have on this host.

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MGregory1
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Yes that is absolutley what I would like to do, however I can't find where to obtain this license key. I've searched all over the website and haven't found an answer. Perhaps I am missing it...

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a_p_
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You can register for a free license key at http://www.vmware.com/go/get-free-esxi

I'm not 100% sure, but I think the key is also good for 4.0.

André

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MGregory1
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Well that is the right page, thanks... not sure why I had trouble finding it earlier. But as suspected the key is for 4.1 or later... Maybe I can upgrade to 4.1?

EDIT: Well I put the key into my ESXi 4.0 host and it took it, despite saying it is only for 4.1 or later. So thats good...

Thanks for the help guys.

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a_p_
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Good to see it works.

If you want to update to Hypervisor 4.1 anyway (maybe later), here is a walkthrough.

André

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MGregory1
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Thanks... this is just a temporary host so I don't think it will be necessary, the primary one is getting a hardware upgrade and going to ESX. But good to know there is an upgrade guide for future reference.

Again thanks for the help!

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