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 Product Manager at Oracle for their Public Cloud with primary focus on Cloud Strategy, Oracle Openstack, PaaS, Cloud Native Applications and API Platform. His primary focus is driving Oracle’s Cloud Computing business with commercial and public sector customers; helping to shape and deliver on a strategy to build broad use of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings such as Compute, Storage, Java as a Service, and Database as a Service. He is also responsible for developing public/private cloud integration strategies, customer’s Cloud Computing architecture vision, future state architectures, and implementable architecture roadmaps in the context of the public, private, and hybrid cloud computing solutions Oracle can offer.