VMware Free Licence

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  1. NinjaPirate

    NinjaPirate Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    Can any recommend the best way to get some sort of License for VMware for free?
    I would like to migrate my Hyper-V servers into VMware for learning to teach my self VMware.
    I see there is a free license for VMware vSphere Hypervisor
    What are the limitation of this license?

    Thanks,
     
  2. NSanity

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    No access to VMWare backup API's is a massive one.
    There isn't much to "learn" about VMWare if you get the basic idea of hypervisors, without vcenter.
     
  3. Doc-of-FC

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    if only there was some way to Evaluate these products :/
     
  4. fad

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    You can get a free license for VMware. See below, otherwise you can just install the license every 60 days.

    I use the PowerCLI scripts below. It will build a nested Vmware environment, of 3 esxi nodes and vSAN. All connected to vSphere Virtual Center. This way you can build it for testing, and just deploy when you need it, so you get all the good stuff. You can deploy the nested VMs on the free ESXi box. You just need a large amount of ram for the box. This also allows you to test the HA Virtual Center configs.

    These are my nested VMs, they only have RAM usage of 8-9Gb each. You can nest other types of HVs too.

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    https://www.vmware.com/au/products/vsphere-hypervisor.html
    http://www.virten.net/2016/11/free-esxi-6-5-how-to-download-and-get-license-keys/
    https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/201...deployment-for-vsphere-6-0u2-vsphere-6-5.html
     
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  5. g00nster

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    Alternative to the time bombed trial is to procure an 'Advantage' membership to the VMware User Group which includes EVALExperience
     
  6. Cpt Watermelon

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    +1 for VMUG, for it's cheapr cost per year it offers a massive range of VMware products to use. It is very popular amongst the r/homelab community.
     

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