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ESX is Now Free!

Created: 15 Oct 2008 • Updated: 07 Jul 2009 • 3 comments
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VMWare is now offering ESX for free! I have been using it on my test system and it works great. I can now run multiple versions of Notification Server and Deployment Server on separate virtual machines.

For me, the best part about ESX is that all the guest OSs share common memory pages. That means you can have four Windows Server 2003 virtual machines up and since most of the data stored in memory is the same, they cumulatively will use about the same RAM as two servers.

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Nelo's picture

ESXi is free. http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/

ESX still needs to be purchased.

Nelo

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NikMistry's picture

One of the limitatatins of ESXi is that it is missing the VMware console. I think you can still use Deployment Solution to manage the VM's on it.

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riva11's picture

That's true VMware realeased ESXi for free, but remember the visual management and other features like VMotion, VMware DRS, VMware HA, etc. , requires the VirtualCenter and you have to purchase a Virtual Infrastructure license.

Paolo

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