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Add a Virtual machine to the inventory in VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Add a Virtual machine to the inventory in VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi) By MANOJ AGARWAL

Add a Virtual machine to the inventory in VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

To add an exiting virtual machine to an inventory, you need to locate files for this virtual machine in the datastore.  In the figure given below, in datastore named ‘datastore1’, there exists a virtual machine of Windows Server 2008 R2 x64.

Point to the vmx file by clicking on it with the mouse, and then right click on this file.  A popup is shown as given in figure below.  Click on the first option: ‘Add to Inventory’.

Once you click on the option ‘Add to Inventory’, the next screen is displayed where you need to enter a name for this virtual machine.  Be careful in naming it, so that you can distinguish this virtual machine from other virutal machines in inventory.  Click on Next button.

You need to specify the resource pool name to which you want to add this virtual machine.  The resource pools if available/defined are listed in the box.  Select the resource pool and click on Next button.  If you have not defined any resource pool so far, you can still click on Next button.  You may create resource pools and assign virtual machines towards it later from Inventory tab.

The next screen is ‘Ready to Complete’.  Click on Finish button.  The virtual machine will be added to the inventory.

The following figure shows that the virtual machine is added to the inventory.  The name of the virtual machine is same as you have defined in previous steps and is ‘Windows Server 2008 R2 x64’ as shown in figure below.

Removing a virtual machine from the inventory:

If you want to remove this virtual machine from the inventory, try the following steps:

  • Right click on the name of the virtual machine in inventory view.
  • From the pop up menu, click on the second last option: ‘Remove from inventory’.
  • The virtual machine will be removed from inventory, but will remain on the disk inside datastore.


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How to install free VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi 5.5) license

May 20, 2014 Comments Off on How to install free VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi 5.5) license By MANOJ AGARWAL

How to install free ESXi license

  •  Connect to ESXi 5.5 host using VMware vSphere Client.
  • Click on Configuration tab as shown in figure below:


  • Clicking on Configuration tab shows configuration options towards Hardware and Software.  Hardware options are shown in top table and Software options are shown beneath it.  Under Software, the first option is Licensed Features as shown in figure below, click on this option.

  • Clicking on Licensed Features, we get information towards license and an Edit button on the right side as shown in the figure below.  Click on Edit…


  • Click on the button: Enter Key… under the option: Assign a new license key to this host.  A new pop up dialog appears, that asks for New license key.  Enter the license key you got from VMware while downloading the free vSphere Hypervisor 5.5 and then click on OK button.


  • Once the license is applied, the following information is shown:
    • Product: VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor (unlimited cores per CPU)
    • Capacity: Unlimited CPUs
    • Available:  Unlimited CPUs
    • Expires: Never
  • This is shown in the figure given below:


The above figure shows Expires: Never, it means the evaluation mode is no more as the license has been applied successfully.



VMware vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor (Free ESXi) limitations

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on VMware vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor (Free ESXi) limitations By MANOJ AGARWAL

VMware vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor (Free ESXi) limitations

VMware vSphere 5.5 hypervisor free version specifications are as follows:

  • The limitation of 32GB RAM limit per server/host has been removed from the free hypervisor.
  • It supports unlimited number of physical CPUs per host.
  • It supports unlimited number of cores per physical CPU.
  • It supports maximum 8vCPUs per virtual machine.
  • Operating system support: Microsoft OS (18 versions), Linux (54 versions), Mac OS X 10, Solaris, Free BSD etc.

The following figure illustrates that on applying a free license towards VMware vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor, it shows no limit on RAM, as it was shown with former versions (RAM limit: 32GB), and it shows support for unlimited physical CPUs and unlimited cores per CPU.

To check VMware Hardware compability matrix, use the following link:



To check VMware Software compability matrix, use the following link:



For detailed VMware vSphere 5.5 Documentation, use the following link:



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