ronsim
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ESXi not free anymore?

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Hi!

For some years ago VMWare release ESXi as a free hypervisior. you could install new VMs but you could't change settings on the VMs after.

This was very good to do some testing in a single-host enviroment.

I registred me, got the ESXi 5.5 and received a Licens-key. This have been very usefull in this small test-enviroment.

Now i wanted to test out ESXi 6.5 with the new vSphere Web-portal and download the 6.5U2. This is the last supported version for my old HP ProLiant DL360 G7 with Xeon E5506.

I tought to use this old server for this test-enviroment as long as the server lives.

Now it seems like ESXi is not free anymore. Can anyone confirm that ESXi is not free anymore?

Best regards,

Ronny Simonsen

Narvik - Norway

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IRIX201110141
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

Sign up under Download VMware vSphere Hypervisor for Free   a new account and generate a new vSphere 6.7 license keys..... try if this license key also works under your 6.5.

Regards

Joerg

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continuum
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> you could install new VMs but you could't change settings on the VMs after.
Wrong - ESXi never did that - neither the paid version nor the free one.
> Now it seems like ESXi is not free anymore. Can anyone confirm that ESXi is not free anymore?
No - we cant confirm that as it is simply plain wrong.
Where do you get your infos ???


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ronsim
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You have to explain what is wrong!

Is ESXi free or not?

RS

vijayrana968
Virtuoso
Virtuoso

This is free, please note that for each individual product/version you have to register for evaluation.

Try downloading from here -   evalcenter

continuum
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You can buy the full featured versions - or you can get the crippled free version for free.


________________________________________________
Do you need support with a VMFS recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
I do not support Workstation 16 at this time ...

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IRIX201110141
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Funny naming.....

vSphere ESXi is not free. Right!

The $$ versions are called "vSphere ESXi".

Its the "vSphere Hypervisor" which is the free thing! Same Software as ESXi but with the free License key its disable all the nice things but its usable and costs nothing. You can switch your installation by changing the lic keys without reinstalling or rebooting.

Regards

Joerg

ronsim
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Well, i have registrert ESXi 5.5 and it refused me to register 6.5 and i got a respons that my evaluation has expired.

The other problem is that your link only gives me vSphere ESXi 6.7 and that version is not supported on my server-platform. 6.5U2 is the latest version that support my server.

I had to create a new account. I had to since the old one is connected to an old e-mail-address i don't use anymore.
Then i manage to registre 6.5 and download it, but it says its only a 60 days trial.

How can i get ESXi 6.5 as Free download without 60 days trial?

RS

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ronsim
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This is what i ask for. How do i get ESXi 6.5 free edition that is not 60 days trial?

RS

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ronsim
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I'm confused!

VMWare ESXi was the free edition of VMWare ESX. I only want ESXi 6.5 for my old server-hw. The latest 6.7 doesn't support my server-hw.

I only want ESXi, but i can only find the vSphere Hypervisior as a 60 days trial. I can't find ESXi free edition.

I have registred vSphere ESXi 6.5 but i only got i 60 days trial. This is my problem.

RS

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IRIX201110141
Virtuoso
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Sign up under Download VMware vSphere Hypervisor for Free   a new account and generate a new vSphere 6.7 license keys..... try if this license key also works under your 6.5.

Regards

Joerg

ronsim
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Thanks allot!

It worked! 🙂

RS