I think you went to vSphere the downloads section and forgot to change the applicable version from 5.5 to 5.1.
vSphere 5.5 does not include the VSA, so it's not listed in the product download lists.
Silly me, I was just too blind to find the dedicated 5.5 download link.
The latest VSA 5.1.3 can be downloaded here:
Thank you MKguy but still I am presented with no way of downloading VSA. "You either are not entitled or do not have permissions to download this product." is the message I receive and there seems no way to register for a trial of this product. I'm perplexed!! It seems that there is unequivocally no way to download ANY version of VSA from 1.0 to 5.5.5 from the VMware website. Quite the red herring indeed............
Thank you again for your help though.
That's odd, I can download it just (tested the automated installer ISO) fine from the link I posted. Is your account associated with an appropriate license and with an active support/subscription contract?
Maybe you should get in touch with VMware if you still receive a message like "You either are not entitled or do not have permissions to download this product.".
I may have missed where you said this, but do you have a registered account at MyVMware.Com? If not, you may not be able to download trails.
I have a registered account on MyVMware and am able to download all VSA options without a problem. (I am, however, having no luck with the 5.1.3 installer - that is another issue I'm still researching.)
Thanks for your reply. I have a MyVMware account from the first time I evaluated VSA 1.0 but it seems now VSA is more difficult to download.
I would very much enjoy attempting an install of 5.1.3 but I may just have to wait. Do you use your MyVMware account just for evaluations? It seems that maybe I require the applicable vSphere 5.1 licenses to be registered in my MyVMware account in order to download VSA 5.1.3 which I don't have? Is this the case with your account? Do you require licenses registered to your MyVMware account to download VSA 5.1.3?
We are a VMware reseller, so perhaps that is why I can download using the MyVMware account credentials. If I had a non-reseller account, I'd be happy to test from that angle, but I don't have one.
I had the same issue.
VSA was pulled pulled from the licensing bundles (Essentials Plus etc) and licensed as a separate add on from September 2013.
VMware also removed VSA from the trial option at this point and no separate trial for VSA was ever offered.I was repeatedly told that in order to download VSA I would have to purchase an Essentials Plus License.
I eventually got a VSA trial download from the sales/licensing people at VM who were very helpful. However, they insisted that I used the VMware support tool to transfer the file directly to my PC. They refused to offer a download link.
The VSA install is not straightforward either, and without a paid-license and no official trial there is zero direct support from VMware. User communities, knowledge bases and support docs are your only hope.
Hope this helps.