8 Replies Latest reply on Feb 2, 2013 7:11 PM by asafayan

    ESXi Managment

    aquinlan01 Novice

       

      I've been given the go-ahead to install ESXi on a couple of new DL 360 G5's. Initially the servers will be used to create a test environment. The test environment will host three virtual hosts per DL360. I don't need any plug-in's or anything fancy like V-motion. Just the ability to install and run virtual hosts.

       

       

      Although ESXi can be downloaded and installed for free I don't understand how I'm supposed to manage them. The documentation recommends using the VSphere Client which I downloaded however it's asking for a license.

       

       

      Surely I'm missing something here or have VMWare created a free platform but charging people to use the management software?

       

       

      Can anyone recommend any other management software? If  I have to pay for licenses I'll go back to using VMWare server as It's only a test environment.

       

       

      Thanks for any advise,

       

       

      Andy

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

        • 1. Re: ESXi Managment
          Troy Clavell Guru
          vExpertUser Moderators

          after the installation of your ESXi Host, you can point your favorite web browser to the IP of the ESXi Host, there you will be able to download and install the vSphere Client.

          • 2. Re: ESXi Managment
            aquinlan01 Novice

             

            Hi,

             

             

            That's what did and installed the vSphere Client however when I fire it up I get the message: "Your evaluation license will expire within 60 days" When the evaluation license expires, ESX host may stop managing all virtual machines in its inventory. In order to manage these machines you must upgrade your ESX host license"

             

             

            Thanks for the help

             

             

            Andy

             

             

            • 3. Re: ESXi Managment
              Troy Clavell Guru
              vExpertUser Moderators

              you should have received a key when you downloaded your copy of ESXi, you just need to plug in the key into your license source under the configuration tab---licensed features.

              • 4. Re: ESXi Managment
                aquinlan01 Novice

                 

                Ah, I see.

                 

                 

                Thanks very much for your help. That makes sense now. So i take it i have full access to all the features available to me from the Vsphere client?

                 

                 

                Thanks

                 

                 

                Andy

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: ESXi Managment
                  aquinlan01 Novice

                  Hi,

                   

                  That's what did and installed the vSphere Client however when I fire it

                  up I get the message: "Your evaluation license will expire within 60

                  days" When the evaluation license expires, ESX host may stop managing

                  all virtual machines in its inventory. In order to manage these machines

                  you must upgrade your ESX host license"

                   

                  Thanks for the help

                  Andy

                  • 6. Re: ESXi Managment
                    DSTAVERT Guru
                    User Moderators

                     

                    I would like to suggest you have a look at Veeam Monitor. A very slick tool for managing your ESXi environment and it too is free.               

                     

                     

                    http://www.veeam.com/esxi-monitoring-free.html

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

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                    • 7. Re: ESXi Managment
                      Scissor Virtuoso
                      User Moderators
                      aquinlan01 wrote:

                      Hi,

                       

                      That's what did and installed the vSphere Client however when I fire it

                      up I get the message: "Your evaluation license will expire within 60

                      days" When the evaluation license expires, ESX host may stop managing

                      all virtual machines in its inventory. In order to manage these machines

                      you must upgrade your ESX host license"

                       

                      Thanks for the help

                      Andy

                       

                      I think you might still need to install your license key.  Using your vSphere Client, connect to your ESXi installation -> visit Inventory -> select your ESxi server from the left hand side -> Configuration -> Licensed Features -> click "Edit..." in the upper right -> Select "Assign a new license key to this host" -> Click "Enter Key" -> type in the license key that you got from VMware.

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                      • 8. Re: ESXi Managment
                        asafayan Novice

                        Thank you very much for that otherwise difficult process of simply finding where to add my license key.

                         

                        Amir