VMware Trial Software

For those interested in learning VMware at home, but do not have licensing and do not want to have to rebuild the environment when the trial expires, you now have a new option. VMUG: EVALExperience

The VMUG subscription costs $200 a year, and one of the benefits is EVALExperience, which allows you to have a trial license that lasts 365 days for 9 VMware products. One of them is vSphere with Enterprise Plus licensing, which will allow you to mess around with the VMware Distributed Switch and 1000V

VMware vCenter Server™ 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus
VMware vCloud Suite® Standard
VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™
VMware vRealize Operations™ 6 Enterprise
VMware vRealize Log Insight™
VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon®
VMware Horizon® Advanced Edition
VMware Virtual SAN™




  • Yes, well ESX no longer exists. It was also a hypervisor, but it relied on a linux operating system called Console OS. The only baremetal hypervisor now is ESXi.

    ESXI is a compute feature of vSphere, so it's included in both "VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus" and "VMware vCloud Suite Standard" products. One of the big differences between the two is the vCloud suite includes SRM (Site Recovery Manager), which is used for BC/DR purposes.


  • From what I know, CSR 1000V requires vSphere 5.x or higher, so ESXI 5.x. Not sure if it can be installed on VMware workstation

    BUT...there is a free version vSphere (esxi)  http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-hypervisor. You cannot manage it using vcenter though. It is strictly a standalone product, and not all features are available.

    If you purchase the VMUG subscription though, you'll have all features of vSphere. Not everyone wants to spend $200 though

  • If we don't buy that, can we download trial version of VCenter 5.5 or 6.0 for Windows 7 ? 

    I tried to google but cannot find it. Is this because they don't provide free trial version ?



  • yes, there is free trial of vcenter, 60 days, you need to register a free account though



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