ArnieCilliers
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Newbie Question: ESXi 6.0 Free vs. vSphere Essentials Kit

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I currently have one host server running ESXi 5.5 (Free edition), hosting mainly a lab infrastructure with some SQL Servers and Windows Workstations.

I am considering upgrading the vSphere Essentials Kit and was wondering what the additional benefits I would get from the paid essentials kit vs. ESXi 6.0 Free.

So far I can think of the following:

- Ability to install on two additional host servers (however I do not really have this requirement at the moment)

- Compatibility with VMWare backup software like VEEAM and ALTARO. (This would be beneficial)

What other benefits would Essentials Kit offer for a single host server environment that would be attractive enough to compel one to go for it vs. the free edition?

Thank you for any feedback.

ArnieC

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rcporto
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Another great benefit will the the vCenter Server that will add a lot of features and allow you manage all three host. Take a look here some some additional benefits: http://www.vladan.fr/esxi-free-vs-paid/

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Richardson Porto
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rcporto
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Another great benefit will the the vCenter Server that will add a lot of features and allow you manage all three host. Take a look here some some additional benefits: http://www.vladan.fr/esxi-free-vs-paid/

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Richardson Porto
Senior Infrastructure Specialist
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/richardsonporto

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mcrape
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Maybe not a big deal for one host, but you'll also be able to run Update Manager - it will be a good way to know when updates are available.

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