VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor Host License does not give you vCenter Connectivity

I hope, by now, most of our customers knows that our vSphere 5 Hypervisor Host License does not have the capability of managing the host through vCenter Server.

VMware vSphere Hypervisor Host License – This Perpetual license that can be obtained from us and can be utilized if you wish to use the hosts as standalone without any vCenter Server support.

VMware vSphere Hypervisor is a free product that provides a simple and easy way to get started with virtualization at no cost. vSphere Hypervisor provides only basic virtualization capabilities, allowing customers to virtualize servers and run applications in virtual machines in a matter of minutes. vSphere Hypervisor cannot connect to VMware vCenter Server and therefore cannot be centrally managed. Users can remotely manage individual
vSphere Hypervisor hosts using the vSphere Client. vSphere Hypervisor can be utilized on servers with up to 32GB of physical RAM.

If you need further support and functionality you need to get any one of the below mentioned license.

  1. Foundation
  2. Essentials
  3. Essentials+
  4. Standard
  5. Advanced
  6. Enterprise
  7. Enterprise+

Below is what it says when you try to connect this host to a vCenter Server.

The Host is licensed with VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor. The license edition of vCenter Server does not support VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor.


About Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar is a Member of the CTO Ambassador Program & Staff Solutions Architect at VMware and part of Global Center of Excellence Team. He has also worked in vCloud Air R&D Team. He has an extensive background in designing and implementing cloud solutions. He holds several certifications including VCP3/4/5, VCAP-DCA, VCAP-DCD, VCAP-CIA, VCIX-NV. He has been awarded the VMware vExpert award 4 years running. He is also the author of the blog http://stretch-cloud.info and Author of 4 books including one as Amazon Best Seller. He is also part of many inventions and research papers and have 1 Issued Patent & 11 other patents pending in his name.