We are running versions 6.5 ESXi/vCenter in production for several years now. We are building out a new system with new hardware for version 7. The 60 days evaluation is a challenge to build and migrate all the VMs due to staffing and the pandemic.
My question is can I upgrade the license to 7 on the portal and run both 6.5 and 7 versions at the same time (concurrently) until our migration is done? Doing this won't cause our 6.5 production issues?
This may work from a technical point of view, but you will be violating the VMware EULA.
The better option is to reach out to your reseller, or a VMware representative, and ask for an expanded evaluation license.
Also remember to check any 3rd party applications like Backup, so that you don't run into issues with them during the migration phase.
I tried calling technical support but they told me to reach out to the virtual assistance. So I had a chat with the virtual assistance person and they told me I could upgrade the keys and do that.
I will reach out the reseller or VMware representative to get a final confirmation.
Just making sure the helicopter with the VMware logo doesn't come and shut our 6.5 version in production down if we run short on time for the migration to version 7.