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What's the restrictions on ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor?

Postby chicagotech » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:33 pm

Q; What's the restrictions on ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor?

A: One thing for sure, Veeam backup doesn't support. Here are the Requirements
CPU Minimum: single socket, dual core Ideal: dual socket, four or more cores per CPU
Memory Minimum: 4GB Ideal: 8GB or more
Network Minimum: one network adapter, plus one for management interface Ideal: one network adapter for management interface, plus multiple adapters for virtual machines
Local Storage (SATA/SAS) Minimum: one 80GB drive Ideal: two mirrored drives, plus four RAID 5 drives for virtual machines Shared Storage NFS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel for virtual machine storage Specifications Unlimited number of cores per physical CPU Unlimited number of physical CPUs per host
Maximum vCPUs per virtual machine: eight
Limitation of 32GB RAM limit per server/host has been removed from the free Hypervisor.
Operating system support: Microsoft OS (18 versions), Linux (54 versions), Mac OS X 10, Solaris, FreeBSD, etc. (See a complete list of supported versions.)
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Re: What's the restrictions on ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor?

Postby chicagotech » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:34 pm

upgrade to a paid vSphere Edition lets you further optimize your IT infrastructure. You'll be able to: Pool computing and storage resources across multiple physical hosts. Have centralized management of multiple hosts through VMware® vCenter Server™. Deliver improved service levels and operational efficiency. Perform live migration of virtual machines. Take advantage of automatic load balancing, business continuity, and backup and restore capabilities for your virtual machines. - See more at: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere- ... Mjy2J.dpuf
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Re: What's the restrictions on ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor?

Postby chicagotech » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:35 pm

if you want centralized vCenter management, ESXi upgrade and patch management, vm client replication and backup, and vMotion you will need to go with the paid version (the vCenter Essentials or Essentials Plus is where most people start with the paid version).
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Re: What's the restrictions on ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor?

Postby chicagotech » Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:37 pm

For features comparison between paid versions and free hypervisor look at:

VMware KB: Product offerings for vSphere 5.x - http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/micros ... Id=2064117

Another restriction in FREE edition is remote management via (PowerCLI, vCLI, SDK ...) where you are allowed only to read-only operations.
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