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    Server 2012 Essentials

    I have Server 2012,

    However due to the fact that I have an Action Pack I have a grace period to do away with 2008 R2 and start using 2012 as soon as the grace period is over!!1

    And Guess what....

    I am running VMWare ESXI 4.1.... which cannot run 2012!

    GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    I dont have nay support now either so - its not going to be cheap to upgrade to version 5!!!!

    GGGGRRRRRRR!!!



    I do hope everyone else is having a nice day though!!

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    Do you have ESXi Essentials ? if not you can get a free version of ESXi 5 https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/eva...fault&tstart=0
    and you just insert the disc and upgrade from 4.1 free to 5.1 for free. If you have ESXi Essentials you will need contract which will give you key to upgrade the free version. I'm on ESXi 5.0 and I have server 2012 running having upgraded from 4.0 free to 5.0 free version before last year buying the ESXi essentials for vCenter.

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    Unfortunately I cannot run the free version, we have oober amounts of RAM and 8 Cores per CPU and we have x6 CPU's so I dont think the free one with support the hardware.

    No, we dont have ESXI essentials .. just plain old boggo ESXI 4.1

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    I see , that would be good point. Sorry wasn't able to help. I wish I had that much RAM and cores per CPU. Only 6 cores with 2 CPU here.

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    fair enough, although would I not just be able to download version 5 and hit upgrade... would it ask me for keys ? or could I just do an upgrade anyway as I already have 4.1 licensed on the machine ?

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    You can download but you have to add new keys for esxi 5 and 5.1 which have different keys. You do however get 30 or 60 day trial till you can sort upgrade license but the cost for you to get essentials assuming you have under 192gb RAM per host will be high if lots of processors I believe so you many want to consider windows server 2012 datacenter edition and convert to HyperV if option for you

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