ESXi Free License – limits


This a beginner question: I installed ESXi 6.5.0 on an HP Proliant 360p Gen8 server coming from Linux with KVM. I’d like to continue using ESXi but I noticed a warning saying my license will expire in 60 days. I’ve researched online and it’s not clear to me what’s the limitation on the free license. Is the free license limited on the number of sockets, cores, vCPUs, and/or VMs?

My server has 2 sockets, 8 cores each and 64GB RAM. Today I have 7 VMs running but I’m planning to create more.


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  1. It sounds like you’re running the trial/eval license, not a free license. A free license comes from the VMWare web portal when you’ve logged in. A trial/eval license is what you get from a base install of ESX

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