As per me, you can manage multiple ESXi with different licenses under single standard vCenter. You will get only features those are offered by particular ESXi license. Ex. if you have essential plus ESXi license : it will not have DRS feature but if you have enterprise ESXi licensed host, you will have DRS feature.
It is not recommended to add host with different licenses under the same vSphere cluster. However, I assume, it will work but as I said, features will not be available for some host and will be available for some hosts.
Thanks Tim for pointing to that resource. However mixing of licenses works (enterprise and enterprise plus) . was not sure about essentials licenses. I was assuming it will work here as well.
What about essential plus licenses?
I will dig into this and will come back.
As you look here: VMware vSphere Editions and Kits Comparison | United States , it says "vCenter Server Essentials" for both Essential kits, so I'm pretty sure the Essentials Plus also can not be added to a vCenter standard.
is essentials plus a license for vcenter or esxi? I have vcenter server
standard. But I do not need enterprise plus or vcloud for remote branch
offices. I ony have 2 hosts in all remote branches so essentials plus
license for the remote branch is what I need?
I need to manage remote branch office servers in the same vcenter as the
Can I do this?
On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 11:32 PM, Tim Scheppeit <
I would decide based on the costs.
You could either buy the vSphere Standard license for the two hosts, which would need 1 license per socket. So if both servers have dual CPUs, you would need 4 vSphere licenses.
Compare this to the new Remote Office Branch Office standard license.You license the VMs here, you can buy packets of 25 VMs.
So depending on your number of VMs on the 2 hosts, the ROBO license might be way cheaper.
Hey, ROBO stands for "Remote Office Branch Office"
You can check the features here: VMware vSphere Editions and Kits Comparison | United States
Unfortunately, the ROBO license does only support HA, not DRS.
So if you need DRS, you will need to buy vSphere enterprise licenses for the servers.