Know What Features Limitations There Are With The “Free” Version Of ESXi/vSphere!

Know What Features Limitations There Are With The

“Free” Version Of ESXi/vSphere!

 

Have you ever wondered about the FREE version of vSphere and what limitations there are? I have created the below summary of limitations that are associated to the free version. For those using it for a home or test lab, the free version may do the trick for you. But even if using it for those situations, you still need to understand the limitations you have. One aspect to keep in mind especially is that the free version DOES NOT come with any type of technical support for it which is critical to understand!

Because of the below list of limitations and there not being any technical support for it, I highly recommend it not be used in corporate environments even in their Test/Dev labs! Instead, if you are trying to reduce the costs associated to vSphere licensing and have a limited budget, I would recommend that you look at the vSphere Essentials Kits which are very reasonably priced and offer two editions (Essentials & Essentials Plus). These offer you the ability to get support for them so if using in a production environment, you can be assured to get support from VMware to help keep your environment up and running at all times!

Essentials Kit – Edition Comparisons:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essentials Kits:  

FREE vSphere – Limitations Summary:

  • No vMotion
  • No Fault Tolerance (FT)
  • No vSAN
  • Maximum of (2) physical CPU’s allowed per host
  • No built-in monitoring
  • NO Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration
  • CANNOT be managed by a vCenter Server

Removed Limitations in vSphere 6.x:

  • Starting in vSphere 6.x, they removed the 32GB RAM limitation, it is now unlimited physical RAM

Additional Info:

 

How to create a nested ESXi 6.5 Template

How to create a nested ESXi 6.5 Template – via ESX Virtualization

How to create a nested ESXi 6.5 Template

The way of installing or creating ESXi hosts as VMs (mean nested virtualization) has changed many times in the past. But as VMware introduces new features and improvements in every release of vSphere, the time has come again to check what’s the best practices and How to create a nested ESXi 6.5 template.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Functional USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet Adapter for ESXi 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5 – via virtuallyGhetto

Functional USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet Adapter for ESXi 5.5, 6.0 & 6.5 – via virtuallyGhetto

Functional USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Ethernet…

While attending an offsite this week, there were some discussions amongst my colleagues about their new Apple Mac Pro and its USB-C only ports. The discussion was completely unrelated to work, however that did get me thinking about the USB-C peripheral market and specifically their ethernet adapters.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple…

Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple Interfaces? – via Virtual Blocks

Designing vSAN Networks – Using Multiple…

vSAN can leverage a number of core ESXi networking features to increase performance and availability. vSAN VMkernel ports should always be configured to use more than one interface to preserve availability in the event of a link failure. There are a number of ways to configure this fail over.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi

How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi – via ESX Virtualization

How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi

This tip will allow you to add a security banner to the ESXi direct console. It can be a security message or informative message. Sometimes within an organization, there is a need to have such a message displayed prior to login. This post How-to Create a Security Banner for ESXi, was brought to you by ESX Virtualization.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using DCUI

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using DCUI

How to revert an ESXi host to a previous…

This video demonstrates how to revert an ESXi host to a previous version using the Direct User Console Interface (DCUI).


VMware Social Media Advocacy

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Paper

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Paper

What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Paper

Ever since we announced vSphere 6.5 at VMworld Europe 2016, the reaction we’ve heard has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s easy to see why, with major new features in areas ranging from vCenter Server and the VCSA, to Security, to the new developer and automation APIs and CLIs. vSphere 6.5 also features important enhancements to core The post What’s New in vSphere 6.5 Paper appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Using vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management…

Using vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management in Mixed Storage Environments – Punching Clouds

Using vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management…

Categories: Virtual SAN , Virtual Volumes Tags: SPBM , vRA , VSAN , VVols A couple of weeks ago I delivered a brief webcast presentation on Storage Policy-Based Management and its use across mixed vSphere storage environments.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Deploying Nested ESXi is Even Easier Now With the ESXi Virtual Appliance

Deploying Nested ESXi is even easier now with the ESXi Virtual Appliance – virtuallyGhetto

Deploying Nested ESXi is even easier now with…

Several months back I had built an ESXi Virtual Appliance that allows anyone to quickly stand up a fully functional Nested ESXi VM which includes guest customization such as networking, NTP, syslog, passwords, etc.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

What’s New: vSphere 6.5

What’s New: vSphere 6.5 – vWannabe

What’s New: vSphere 6.5

We have an announcement from VMware about vSphere 6.5. I will check this on VMware’s hand on labs (labs.hol.vmware.com) and try to synthesize it here. These labs a are sleek way to experience VMware products without the hassle of setting up everything in your personal lab.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Register for the Upcoming Webcast: vSphere 6.5 Training – What’s New!

Register for the Upcoming Webcast: vSphere 6.5 Training – What’s New!

This vSphere 6.5 Training: What’s New webcast provides a high-level look at the new features in vSphere 6.5 and the latest vSphere 6.5 instructor-led classes from VMware Education Services, with a focus on the new vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] course.Learn more.

Registration Link:  https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=eduwebsite&eventid=1298523&sessionid=1&key=CAF1B51DB6387F614506AE56DCA8BD7C&regTag=60316&sourcepage=register

2016-11-10_10-10-53

Register for the Upcoming Webcast: vSphere 6.5 Training – What's New!

Register for the Upcoming Webcast: vSphere 6.5 Training – What’s New!

This vSphere 6.5 Training: What’s New webcast provides a high-level look at the new features in vSphere 6.5 and the latest vSphere 6.5 instructor-led classes from VMware Education Services, with a focus on the new vSphere: What’s New [V5.5 to V6.5] course.Learn more.

Registration Link:  https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&partnerref=eduwebsite&eventid=1298523&sessionid=1&key=CAF1B51DB6387F614506AE56DCA8BD7C&regTag=60316&sourcepage=register

2016-11-10_10-10-53

What’s new in vSphere 6.5 Core Storage

What’s new in vSphere 6.5 Core Storage -CormacHogan.com

What’s new in vSphere 6.5 Core Storage

Hello from VMworld EMEA in Barcelona. Well, we can finally talk about vSphere 6.5 today. In this post, I want to highlight a number of new and enhanced features that you will find in vSphere 6.5 related to core storage. Continue reading → The post What’s new in vSphere 6.5 Core Storage appeared first on CormacHogan.com .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

vSphere 6.5 – How to deploy VCSA 6.5

vSphere 6.5 – How to deploy VCSA 6.5 -via Enterprise Daddy

vSphere 6.5 – How to deploy VCSA 6.5

If you remember in the first post of vSphere 6.5, I talked about the improvements in the VCSA 6.5 installer. Well, we are going to now take a look at the VCSA 6.5 installer and use to deploy our VCSA 6.5 appliance.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

What’s New with Virtual SAN 6.5? – New Features…

What’s New with Virtual SAN 6.5? – New Features Overview -vmwarearena.com

What’s New with Virtual SAN 6.5? – New Features…

With the release of vSphere 6.5, fith generation of VMware Virtual SAN which is Virtual SAN 6.5, Industry leading software powering hyper-converged infrastructure solution released. In March 2016, Virtual SAN 6.2 is released with vSphere 6 Update 2. Which includes the enhancements like Deduplication and Compression, RAID-5/RAID-6 – Erasure Coding, Software Checksum, IPV6 and Performance […] The post What’s New with Virtual SAN 6.5? – New Features Overview appeared first on VMware Arena.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

vSphere 6.5 New Hotness Series – Wahl Network

vSphere 6.5 New Hotness Series Archives – Wahl Network

vSphere 6.5 New Hotness Series – Wahl Network

Skip to contentHome LabvSphere Lab TipsSynology NASLab HardwareLab DesignsLab StoreDeep DivesThe Power of PowerShellAutomation for Operations SeriesvSphere 6.0 ZOMG SeriesWorking With NSX SeriesSoftware-Defined Data Center SeriesNFS on vSphere SeriesvSphere 5.5 Improvement SeriesTrainingUpgrading Your vSphere EnvironmentCCNA Data Center – Intro to Data Center NetworkingCCNA Data Center – Nexus, Advanced Switching, & SANCCNA Data Center – UCS, Services, and Unified FabricvCloud Director – Install and ConfigurevCloud Director – Manage and MonitorMy Pluralsight ProfilePublicationsNetworking for VMware AdminsSlideShare PresentationsStudy SheetsFeedly OPML FileGitHub ProjectsEvents2016201520142013Lanyrd ProfileConferize…Read More


VMware Social Media Advocacy

VMware vSphere 6.5: Host-Client HTML5

VMware vSphere 6.5: Host-Client HTML5 -via dtechinspiration.com

VMware vSphere 6.5: Host-Client HTML5

As we all are aware that C# client is no more available.VMWare come-up with HTML5. How it look like and what all options are there lets take a look. Login into vSphere Client via : https://esxiname-FQDN/ui/ After login below is… Continue Reading →


VMware Social Media Advocacy

VMware vSphere 6.5: Content Library

VMware vSphere 6.5: Content Library -via dtechinspiration.com

VMware vSphere 6.5: Content Library

As part of vSphere 6.5 Testing what&#rsquo;s new in Content Library. Only Few changes there : Like 1. While Deploying Virtual Machine you can set Customization Specification2. Sync your content quickly between vCenter server over HTTP During this task, you… Continue Reading →


VMware Social Media Advocacy

vSphere 6.5 Link-O-Rama

vSphere 6.5 Link-O-Rama – vSphere-land

vSphere 6.5 Link-O-Rama

Your complete guide to all the essential vSphere 6.5 links from all over the VMware universe. Bookmark this page and keep checking back as it will continue to grow as new links are added everyday. Also be sure and check out the Planet vSphere-land feed for all the latest blog posts from the Top 100 vBloggers.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

vSphere 6.5 What’s New With DRS – Yellow Bricks Blog

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS -Yellow Bricks

vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS

Most of us have been using DRS for the longest time. To be honest, not much has changed over the past years, sure there were some tweaks and minor changes but nothing huge. In 6.5 however there is a big feature introduced, but lets just list them all for completeness sake: Predictive DRS Network-Aware DRS […] ” vSphere 6.5 what’s new – DRS ” originally appeared on Yellow-Bricks.com . Follow me on twitter – @DuncanYB.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

vSphere 6.5 VCSA and Clients Announcements

vSphere 6.5 VCSA and Clients Announcements -TheSaffaGeek

vSphere 6.5 VCSA and Clients Announcements

At today’s VMworld Europe conference in Barcelona VMware are announcing vSphere 6.5. There are a plethora of new features and fixes in this series of postings I plan to cover the ones that caught my eye and so for the … Continue reading →


VMware Social Media Advocacy

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host and Resource Management and Operations

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host & Resource Management and Operations -VMware vSphere Blog

What’s New in vSphere 6.5: Host & Resource…

vSphere 6.5 brings a number of enhancements to ESXi host lifecycle management as well as some new capabilities to our venerable resource management features, DRS and HA. There are also greatly enhanced developer and automation interfaces, which are a major focus in this release. Last but not least, there are some notable improvements to vRealize Operations, since this product is bundled with certain editions of vSphere. Let’s dig into each of these areas.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and…

VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and Expanding PowerCLI -wahlnetwork.com

VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and…

Check out the new RESTful API and fully module-based PowerCLI in vSphere 6.5! The post VMware Gets Serious about RESTful APIs and Expanding PowerCLI appeared first on Wahl Network.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security

What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security -VMware vSphere Blog

What’s new in vSphere 6.5: Security

vSphere 6.5 is a turning point in VMware infrastructure security. What was mostly an afterthought by many IT folks only a few short years ago is now one of the top drivers of innovation for vSphere. Security has become a front and center focus of this release and I think you’ll like what we’ve come up with.


VMware Social Media Advocacy

VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5

VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5 -Cloudfix

VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5

Today VMware announced it’s latest version of the vSphere and vCenter platform, version 6.5. This article talks about some of the latest features VMware added to their virtualisation-platform. vCenter Server (Appliance) 6.5 VMware is dramatically simplifying the experience using the vSphere-platform which is primarily based on the announcement of vCenter Server Applicance 6.5 and it’s The post VMworld EMEA Announcements : vSphere 6.5 appeared first on Cloudfix .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now…

Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now Open for Registration

Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now…

VMware vSphere 6.5 is the next gen infrastructure for next gen apps. With vSphere 6.5 you can now run, manage, connect, and secure your applications in a common operating environment, across clouds and devices. vSphere 6.5 introduces several features that elevate your experience to an entirely new level. Make sure you and your team are […] The post Get Ready for vSphere 6.5: Training Courses Now Open for Registration appeared first on VMware Education and Certification Blog .


VMware Social Media Advocacy

Introducing vSphere 6.5

Introducing vSphere 6.5 -VMware vSphere Blog

Introducing vSphere 6.5

Today, VMware announces vSphere 6.5, the latest version of its industry-leading virtualization platform. This new release of vSphere features a dramatically simplified experience, comprehensive built-in security, and a universal app platform for running any app.


VMware Social Media Advocacy