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Contributor
Contributor

Multiple vsphere essentials kit

Hello all,

I am getting ready to install a new Lenovo server that I purchased with vSphere Essentials Kit. I am aware it is limited to three physical servers. I have four physical boxes in total. Can the vCenter Server Essentials manage more than three ESXi servers if two vSphere Essentials kits are purchased? Thank you.

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KocPawel
Hot Shot
Hot Shot

If you have vSphere Essentials kit, it contains 6 CPU licenses of vSphere Essentials (for 3 servers with up to 2 processors each) and 1 license for vCenter Server Essentials.

So you can have 4 servers but 1 of them should be managed by second vCenter.

I'm not 100% sure. SO maybe someone else will confirm that.

Edited:

I've found this:

https://blog.technodrone.cloud/2010/05/vcenter-essentials-3-host-limit-not-6-cpu/

It should give you an answer Smiley Happy

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a_p_
Leadership
Leadership

I'm not 100% sure. SO maybe someone else will confirm that.

That's correct. vCenter Server for Essentials will not allow to add more than 3 hosts to the inventory.

André

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blazilla
Enthusiast
Enthusiast

You can‘t have more than 3 hosts in an vCenter Essentials, and you will break the EULA if you add ESXi with Essentials or Essentials Plus permanentely to an vCenter Standard (you will get a license warning). So you have to add a second vCenter to manage the fourth host.

Best regards Patrick https://www.vcloudnine.de
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