During VMworld 2013, VMware has introduced the new version of vSphere called vSphere 5.5 along with happy news for everyone by removing the hard limit of 32 GB of RAM with ESXi 5.5 free version. This is really a happy news for each and every IT administrators, IT enthusiasts and all users having a home lab. With ESXi 5.1 Free version, There is a hard limit of 32 GB of RAM. Really it is like a lockup for the admins to setup some big home lab. So, VMware understands our concerns and now released the Free version of ESXi 5.5 with no physical RAM limit.
With this new ESXi 5.5 free version, We can play around with the Home lab by setup a lab by running more powerful virtual machines and install and play around with our nested virtual machines.
With the Snapshot from the ESXi 5 host with a free license with the hard limit of 32 GB of Memory and 8-way Virtual SMP. But we have unlocked with physical RAM limit in ESXi 5.5 free edition. Let’s grow our lab with more powerful virtual machines running on our vSphere Home lab along with new configuration maximums
- vSphere 5.5 supports 320 Physical CPUs per ESXi host
- ESXi host supports 4 TB of Memory in vSphere 5.5
- 16 NUMA Nodes per host in vSphere 5.5
- 4096 Maximum vCPUs per host
- Support for 40 Gbps Physical Network adapters
- 62 TB VMDK virtual disk support
- Supports 16 GB FibreChannel end-to-end Support
- Increased VMFS Heap, 64TB open VMDK per host max
- Virtual Machine Hardware Version 10 in vSphere 5.5
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