1.    29 Jun 2016 #1
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    Is ESXi Free (including vSphere)?


    There seems to be some debate about this, but I believe ESXi 6.0 is free, or at least there is a free version. Assuming I was going to download and use ESXi 6.0 and use the free version, is vSphere free, as well? We use vSphere often at work, and I swear I saw something about a license expiring.

    I'm going back and forth in my head if I want to run ESXi or Hyper-V.
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  2.    30 Jun 2016 #2

    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    There seems to be some debate about this, but I believe ESXi 6.0 is free, or at least there is a free version. Assuming I was going to download and use ESXi 6.0 and use the free version, is vSphere free, as well? We use vSphere often at work, and I swear I saw something about a license expiring.

    I'm going back and forth in my head if I want to run ESXi or Hyper-V.
    Hi there

    Vsphere client - latest version scroll down the linked page - at bottom.

    vSphere Client Download - VIclient Direct Download Links!

    Esxi 6.0 (Free) - need to register

    Download VMware vSphere

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    30 Jun 2016 #3
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    I'm getting prompted that I don't have permission to download, and then given a link to download a trial, using your bottom link.
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  4.    30 Jun 2016 #4
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    I ended up following the link in this guide to register for the free key. I had been logged in before and wasn't given the option.

    vSphere 6.0 – Download Free ESXi 6.0 License Keys
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  5.    11 Jul 2016 #5
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    There is a free version of ESXi which is great although, it has many limitations like vMotion, Data Protection, also, many good backup solutions like Veeam are not working with it.

    I would really recommend looking into
    Hyper-V Free + StarWind Virtual SAN Free. With those you could easily setup a cluster and enjoy your continuously available SMB 3.0 share
    Last edited by StorageBlaster; 12 Jul 2016 at 03:56.
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