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How to aquire VMware ESXI Free license
Posted by Sergei Kazakov on 12 April 2018 18:08:21
Full use of VMware's free vSphere Hypervisor requires license activation. Without one VMware ESXi will only work as a 60 days trial version.
You can get your license from My VMware portal.

Free VMware ESXi installation instructions:

Download free VMware ESXi from http://www.vmware.com/go/get-free-esxi

You will have to choose "Create an Account" and register.


A letter with an Activate Now link will arrive to your registered e-mail shortly. You need to activate your account before you proceed.
Please note that using a free mail service may result in a delay caused by your account review.


Corporate accounts will receive the license key without any account review although the message may take some time and not arrive immediately.


To download VMware ESXi click Manually Download.

Having installed VMware ESXi use vSphere Client to connect to it. Go to ESXi > Configuration Tab > License features and click Edit Key, then paste your license key in the form.

Your free ESXi is now activated.

The number of server's physical processes or RAM for your host is not limited when using this product, however you do not have an option to control your servers with vCenter.
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