Licensing vsphere 7 home lab

Hello Community,

i want to build a homelab with:

1 vcenter 7 (appliance)

2 vsphere esxi 7 Hosts

I have got a VMware User Group Advanced Account. I have got one license for vcenter 7 and one licanse for vsphere 7.

On my server I have got one vsphere 7 (free license) installed.

The vCenter Appiance and the two vsphere esxi are nested installations.

How can i get a second license for vsphere 7 to add two esxi hosts to the vcenter for testing and learning vmotion / storage vmotion?

Thanks for your help.

Best regards,

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with the free license you are not able to integrate the hosts into vcenter.

for the features you will test you need at least vcenter standard/esxi standard licenses - essentials or essentials plus are not enough. essentials does not support vmotion, essentials plus has vmotion but no storage vmotion

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Do you mean VMUG Advantage?


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