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Can I use vCenter Server for free? I would like to have a cluster at home ESXi

(This article is information as of December 2016)

Since I purchase additional home server and two ESXi will be configured, I considered installing vCenter Server. Basically, for verification purposes as a home lab, I am considering using it for free because I can not spend much money.

Review additional purchase of home server here

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There is no evaluation version or free version of vCenter?

ESXi is valuable because its basic functions are free to use. Since I want to make a cluster configuration this time, I will consider introducing vCenter Server.

Note that vCenter requires Windows Server as its foundation. Here's how to use the evaluation version of Windows Server for free.

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VMware products can be downloaded from MyVMware.

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There is no vCenter in the free / evaluation version of the product... Also, trying to download the product version will result in insufficient authority as below...

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Unfortunately, vCenter seems to be unavailable for free as an evaluation version.

Conclusion - Can I use vCenter Server for free?

vCenter Server CANNOT be used for free.
In the meantime I think that I will operate two standalone ESXi.


This Blog is English Version of my JP's.

Sorry if my English sentences are incorrect.

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