The VMware Knowledge Base provides support solutions, error messages and troubleshooting guides
Licensing for VMware vSphere 5.5 (2064117)
- vSphere 5.5 is licensed on a per-processor basis (per-CPU).
- Each physical processor (CPU) in a server must have at least one vSphere 5 processor license key assigned to be able to run vSphere.
- There are no restrictions on physical cores or physical RAM.
- There are no restrictions on the number of virtual machines that can run on each properly licensed vSphere 5.5 processor.
- There are no restrictions on the number of vCPUs per virtual machine. You can configure up to the maximum number of vCPUs per virtual machine as specified in the vSphere 5.5 Configuration Maximums Guide.
- The vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor retains the 8 vCPU/virtual machine limit.
- The physical RAM restriction (32 GB/host) has been removed from the free vSphere 5.5 Hypervisor.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Does the new vSphere 5 licensing model (per-processor without limitation on the number of virtual machines, cores, or amount of physical RAM) apply to vSphere 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5?
A. Yes. The vSphere 5 licensing model applies to vSphere 5.0, 5.1, and 5.5 customers. This also applies to vSphere with Operations Management customers.
Q. Does the new vSphere 5 licensing model apply to existing licenses of vSphere 4.x or prior?
A. No. The new vSphere licensing model applies only to new purchases of vSphere licenses or to existing licenses of vSphere 4.x or older that are upgraded to vSphere 5.
Request a Product Feature
To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.