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    I would like to know few details regarding licensing with vSphere, i want to shift career to Virtualization and i need license for lab purposes

    "Please Guys i know this post is long and may be confusing but i searched for these exact answers everywhere but i couldn't find answers for it , the reply for these posts will help me decide whether to buy license now or wait for vSphere 6"

    For instance if the current release at the time of buying is vSphere 5.1 enterprise when i buy, will i get vSphere 5.0 Enterprise and i have to upgrade to 5.1 or i will get vSphere 5.1 Enterprise

    When the current version @ the time of buying license is 5.1 enterprise and if vSphere 5.5 get released like after a month i bought vSphere 5.1 can i upgrade from vSphere 5.1 enterprise to vSphere 5.5 enterprise for free or do i have to pay for the upgrade to the recent version if so will get discount

    Recently vSphere 5.5 got released and the next release is obviously vSphere 6.0 there may be some edition change but since vSphere 5.5 is last release in vSphere 5 series will i get free upgrade to vSphere 6.0 if i buy vSphere 5.5 now

    Lastly i noticed at the VMware Store website that

    Link

    we can purchase the license for a year or for 3 years VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus for 3 years for $5,802.36

    that means will version upgrade will be covered for next 3 years or just its just the just the support cost for the same version for next 3 years

    like if vSphere 6 or vSphere 7 get released within next 3 years from the time of purchase will get to free upgrade from vSphere 5 to vSphere 6 to vSphere 7 with no additional charge or i still have to pay for upgrade

    Is there someway to acquire a legit vSphere Enterprise Plus for less than cost @ the VMware site for education purposes alone if so there is any qualification for that as it would save me a lot on costs of lab.

  • #2
    Re: vSphere Licensing

    The easiest and best way to get your licensing questions answered is to call VMware and ask them.

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    • #3
      Re: vSphere Licensing

      Iv been using VMwares products from the very early days of ESX 2.0 up till now. Id encourage you to explore Hyper-V. Although not as mature as VMware, from a licensing perspective at least, its a lot cheaper, and included in the Windows CAL.
      Either way for licensing costs as already said you'd probably be better off talking to a VMware VAR as VMware licensing has got very complicated as the products evolved. And not only that expensive.

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      • #4
        Re: vSphere Licensing

        If it's for a home lab you can run in evaluation mode for 60 days, then rebuild it (which can be good for practice if you're preparing for an exam)

        If it's for a development lab, what features do you need? There are 5 different vSphere licenses from Essentials through to Enterprise Plus - as has been mentioned talk to a VMware sales rep or reseller...
        VCP2 / VCP3 / VCP4 / VCP 5 / VCAP-DCA4 / VCI / vExpert 2010-2012

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        • #5
          Re: vSphere Licensing

          I'll try and answer based on my understanding.

          When you purchase a licence key for vSphere 5 it allows you to run all sub versions of 5, 5.0 - 5.1 - 5.5.

          If you have a maintenance contract with VMware then you get an automatic upgrade to the next version depending on the contract you have.

          From the link you provided this is the support page

          Basic

          https://www.vmware.com/support/services/basic.html

          Production

          https://www.vmware.com/support/services/production.html

          Focused, 24-Hour Support For Production Environments Global
          24x7 support for Severity 1 issues
          Fast response times for critical issues
          Unlimited number of support requests
          Remote Support
          Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
          Product updates and upgrades

          As others have mentioned though it would be best to contact your local VMware licensing specialist and ask them

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          • #6
            Re: vSphere Licensing

            Thanks for your responses guys it was helpful I do have hyper-V license from my msdn i thought of using the trail n rebuild then i will miss out any state or condition i built from the scratch even if i document and the lab is not limited to exam alone n i want to be proficient in vSphere and move on vCloud environment thats why i am taking huge economical risk by buying expensive Enterprise plus edition Is there any way i can get a legit vSphere Enterprise Plus edition for education purpose alone by taking part in any VMware or partner program ?

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            • #7
              Re: vSphere Licensing

              Originally posted by AlphaZeirus View Post
              Thanks for your responses guys it was helpful I do have hyper-V license from my msdn i thought of using the trail n rebuild then i will miss out any state or condition i built from the scratch even if i document and the lab is not limited to exam alone n i want to be proficient in vSphere and move on vCloud environment thats why i am taking huge economical risk by buying expensive Enterprise plus edition Is there any way i can get a legit vSphere Enterprise Plus edition for education purpose alone by taking part in any VMware or partner program ?
              Massive expense IMO that i wouldn't be prepared to purchase.

              Lab build and document would be the easiest way.

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              • #8
                Re: vSphere Licensing

                After much toughtful thinking it would be iwse not purchase instead i can go for greater hardware , Thanks for the feedback guys

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