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Downloading and licensing ESXi 5.0


This article provides steps for downloading and licensing ESXi 5.0.


Downloading ESXi 5.0

To download and activate ESXi 5.0:
  1. Navigate to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 5.0 Download Center.
  2. Click Download.
  3. If prompted, log in to your My VMware profile. If you do not have a profile, you must create one. For more information, seeCreating a My VMware profile (2007005).  
  4. Complete the VMware vSphere Hypervisor Registration form. When you are done, an activation email is delivered to your inbox.
  5. Navigate to the activation email. If you did not receive the activation email, see Not receiving activation email for evaluation and free products (2014105).
  6. Click Activate your VMware ESXi License and access your download. This gives you the serial key for ESXi 5.0.

Licensing an ESXi 5.0 host

To license a standalone ESXi 5.0 (vSphere Hypervisor):
  1. Log in to the ESX/ESXi host using vSphere Client.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Click Licensed Features under Software.
  4. Click Edit under Licensed Features.
  5. Select Assign a new license key to this host.
  6. Press Enter and enter the License Key.
  7. Click OK.

Based on VMware KB 2014574

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