I know you can buy VSphere which has the management and other pieces but I though you could still get the basic ESXI hypervisor only for free. To continue this discussion, please ask a new question. VMware ESXi 5. As of Sep 20 , the general availability date for a free Hypervisor 5. VMware vSphere Replication 6. First things first we are going to install ESXi Server 5. The ESXi server installation is straightforward, at this initial stage all we need to do is get the hypervisor installed, give it an IP address and password before proceeding with the various steps for the vCenter Server install.
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