jarends3
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Licensing question

We currently have 8 CPUs licenses for VirtualCenter, Vmotion, HA, etc and have a total of 4 dual CPU boxes in our VI setup.

Since ESXi is now free, we tried bringing up an ESi box just for fun, and want to manage it through VirtualCenter.

Since we don't have the budget for more FC HBAs, the ESX3i boxes will just be for testing and stuff, but it'd be nice to manage them through VirtualCenter. I'm confused what licensing we would need to buy to do this. Is there an inexpensive VirtualCenter only license? The ESXi boxes will just be using local disks for storage so this is a fairly low key thing.

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weinstein5
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The free ESXi has no other licenses other than run ESXi - to be able to manage it via VC or run HA or DRS you will need to buy those additional licenses -

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jarends3
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The free ESXi has no other licenses other than run ESXi - to be able to manage it via VC or run HA or DRS you will need to buy those additional licenses -

Did you read my post? Smiley Happy I realize the free license does not include

these additional features.

What I am asking is what license do we need simply for VC? As I stated I

don't need Vmotion or HA for the ESXi servers.

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weinstein5
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ok I see - you would just have to buy a standalone VC client license - I do not know if vmware has a special price or not

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Yattong
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Hi

Theres a foundation VC licence which is the lowest you can purchase.

If you need a price, give me a private message.

Good Luck

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