Much is made of the fact that VMWare's ESXi hypervisor is "free"
As best I can tell, you can install the hypervisor on a host for "free".
Because ESXi does not have a built in management console, you need a program, of some sort, to connect to the ESXi hosts to "manage" them. By "manage" I mean, start, stop, install, reboot and backup vms.
If you install the free ESXi on a host and connect to it via a web browser, you are prompted to download vSphere to manage the host. OK, but vSphere is, as best I can tell, not free. When you install it you are continuously reminded that you have only 60 days to evaluate vSphere.
My question is this: Is there a completely free management tool for ESXi hosts that enables one to:
- Create VMs
- Modify VMs settings (memory etc.)
- Power VMs on and off
- Backup the VM (via any means)
- Resore a VM from a backup
Failing that, without licensing something from VMWare, is there any tool that will let you manage your hosts after the 60 day evaluation period of vSphere ends?
I have not found a straightforward explanation of this on VMWare's web site. Does anyone out there know the answer (even better if you can point me to a clear explanation on VMWare's website...)