VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus

VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus


VMware, Inc.

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  • Based on increased request, please be advised that vSphere 5.x is available on the webstore thru Dec. 31, 2019
  • Moving forward VMware will maintain only the current version as well as one previous version on the webstore.

Fully featured version, available for download. This product allows for personal use on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. You must be a student, faculty or staff member of an academic institution to qualify for this offer.

You will be able to place an order for this product again one year after the initial order.

TL;DR: do not download and install these products if you are not familiar with the vSphere and vCloud environments or do not wish to learn about them. They are not standard software applications for personal use and WILL eat your computer and all data stored on it.

We are pleased to extend the availability of VMware's vSphere and vCloud product families to students interested in learning more about their capabilities. The VMAP licenses for these products provide a single license key that is sufficient to install the products, familiarize oneself with them, and conduct simple tests and evaluations, but these licenses are not intended to support operational use. However, most students will not find these products to be practically useful in their day-to-day personal computing environment, and the nature of a vSphere/vCloud installation is quite different than that provided by Fusion, Workstation or Player.

These products should only be downloaded and installed by users familiar with that environment. Users wishing to learn more about vSphere and vCloud can take advantage of eLearning materials provided by VMAP, and use discount vouchers, also available from the VMAP program, to take the test necessary to achieve a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification.

vSphere and vCloud are built upon the VMware ESXi hypervisor. The hypervisor runs directly on a server, known as a host, and replaces any other OS and filesystem already installed. It is intended to be accessed over the network as a server, providing computation and storage for virtual machines, and thus does not provide a standard graphical user interface. A basic text-only console is accessible to perform maintenance operations, but an ESXi host is not suitable as an individual's primary computing environment. The vSphere Client can be used to manage a single ESXi host.

The host(s) running ESXi are managed by the vCenter Server, which can be used to manage a large number of hosts and provides the administrator with a powerful set of capabilities. vCenter Server itself must run within a server environment: the standard vCenter Server package must be installed on a Windows Server machine, but it is also possible to use a vCenter Server Virtual Appliance to run a Linux-based edition of vCenter within a virtual machine. vCenter Server is typically managed using the vSphere Client.

VMware's new vCloud Suite extends the capabilities of vSphere to support multi-tenant cloud environments. The core products required to do so are vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security. Both are provided as part of the vCloud Suite Standard license, and a single license key can be used not only for those products but also for the associated instances of vCenter Server and one or more ESXi hosts. Installation and use of vCloud products is beyond the scope of this note, and interested users should consult appropriate resources to educate themselves about system requirements, capabilities, best practices, etc.

VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus

To install and use ESXi 5.5, your hardware and system resources must meet the following requirements:

  • Supported server platform. For a list of supported platforms, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
  • ESXi 5.5 will install and run only on servers with 64-bit x86 CPUs.
  • ESXi 5.5 requires a host machine with at least two cores.
  • ESXi 5.5 supports only LAHF and SAHF CPU instructions.
  • ESXi 5.5 requires the NX/XD bit to be enabled for the CPU in the BIOS.
  • ESXi supports a broad range of x64 multicore processors. For a complete list of supported processors, see the VMware compatibility guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
  • ESXi requires a minimum of 4GB of physical RAM. Provide at least 8GB of RAM to take full advantage of ESXi features and run virtual machines in typical production environments.
  • To support 64-bit virtual machines, support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) must be enabled on x64 CPUs.
  • One or more Gigabit or 10Gb Ethernet controllers. For a list of supported network adapter models, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility.
  • Any combination of one or more of the following controllers:
    • Basic SCSI controllers. Adaptec Ultra-160 or Ultra-320, LSI Logic Fusion-MPT, or most NCR/Symbios SCSI.
    • RAID controllers. Dell PERC (Adaptec RAID or LSI MegaRAID), HP Smart Array RAID, or IBM (Adaptec) ServeRAID controllers.
  • SCSI disk or a local, non-network, RAID LUN with unpartitioned space for the virtual machines.
  • For Serial ATA (SATA), a disk connected through supported SAS controllers or supported on-board SATA controllers. SATA disks will be considered remote, not local. These disks will not be used as a scratch partition by default because they are seen as remote.

NOTE: You cannot connect a SATA CD-ROM device to a virtual machine on an ESXi 5.5 host. To use the SATA CD-ROM device, you must use IDE emulation mode.

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