VMTN reincarnated! EVALExperience is to VMware Professionals what MSDN/TechNet is to Microsoft Professionals.

Posted by Paul Braren on Jan 15 2015 (updated on Jan 5 2016) in
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  • Virtualization
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  • May 30 2015 Update - vSphere vCenter 6.0 license key is now available from EVALExperience, described below this original article.

    Jun 02 2015 Update - watch this conversation way down below for new arrivals expected tomorrow, presumably ESXi 6.0 license keys.

    Jun 03 2015 Update - Good news, ESXi 6.0 can be licensed now too! Details way down below this article, with new video walk through too.

    Jan 05 2016 Update - Updated information about attempts to open a VMware Support ticket added at the end of this article.

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    For me, it started with Mike Laverick's infamous, extremely popular post entitled "Bring back VMTN Subscription?" back in November of 2012, lamenting the loss of VMTN (VMware Technology Network). I even joined in on the thread, and bent the ear of every VMware employee I met back, way back at VMworld 2012.

    I had pretty much assumed this day would never arrive, when something roughly like the dearly departed VMTN would be reincarnated. Much like the MSDN or TechNet programs do for IT Professionals who work with Microsoft product, with varying levels of access to Microsoft's vast library of software. I've been blessed to be an MSDN subscriber since the late 1990s.

    To my delight, today, while at VTUG Winter Warmer 2015, I learned that VMTN is pretty much back, from an email from VMware, from TinkerTry commenter virtualhybriduk, and from Duncan, of course:

    You wanted VMTN back? VMUG to the rescue!

    Jan 16 2015 by Duncan Epping at Yellow Bricks

    I can get to some 365 day licenses from VMware for free, from my day-job's corporate license, or as a vExpert. I've could also get "TinkerTry.com, LLC"! TinkerTry.com, LLC - EVALExperience order receipt a feature-limited Standard variant, at a cost of over a thousand dollars. But what's the fun in that? I prefer to learn my tinkering with my own gear, with access to ALL the features I need suited for a home lab environment.

    So I've gone ahead and paid my $200 USD anyway, for 1 year membership to VMUG Advantage. Partly just to see how the experience goes, and partly to avoid the dreaded, annoying 60 day full trial license time-bombs.

    Sure sounds about perfect for home labs with a single user, and just in time for Feb 2 2015's expected vSphere 6 announcement. Can you tell, I'm excited not just for me, but for many TinkerTry visitors who are also home lab enthusiasts?

    This announcement bodes well for 2015. It's in addition to recent changes in ESXi 5.5U2 that help home lab enthusiasts succeed with self-training on consumer (unsupported) hardware, including:

    and this somewhat clumsy but effective work-around for Realtek NICs and ASMedia SATA ports commonly found on consumer mobos:

    Sign up here:

    As learned at VMUG New York @nycvmug on Jan 30 2015, use promo code ADVLG for $200 off $20 off (typo - thanks to Alan for the correction below)

    Explore VMware technology for a 365 day period in a non-production environment

    The licenses available to VMUG Advantage Subscribers are 365-day evaluation licenses that require a one-time, annual download. Annual product downloads ensure that Subscribers receive the most up-to-date versions of products.

    Included products are:

    • VMware vCenter Server™ 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
    • VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus
    • VMware vCloud Suite® Standard
    • VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™
    • VMware vRealize Operations™ 6 Enterprise
    • VMware vRealize Log Insight™
    • VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon®
    • VMware Horizon® Advanced Edition
    • VMware Virtual SAN™

    The EVALExperience is bundled as part of the VMUG Advantage which offers other benefits and discounts including:

    • 35% discount on the all-new VMware Learning Zone
    • 35% discount on the VMware Lab Connect environment
    • 20% discount on instructor-led training courses
    • 20% discount on VMware On-Demand self-paced training
    • 20% discount on VMware Certification Exams
    • $100 off your VMworld Admission (useable with other discounts such as Alumni status)
    • Free access to VMworld 2014 Online Content (usually $699)
    • 50% discount on VMware Fusion and Workstation licenses
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    Purchase VMUG Advantage 1 User [2015]

    Timeline:

    Here's some history of related articles, where you'll notice I had pretty much given up on the long wait.

    Re: Bring back VMTN Subscription?

    Nov 12 2012 by Mike Laverick at VMware Communities

    With the recent suspension of Microsoft TechNet, is the return of VMware VMTN less likely?

    Jul 01 2013 by Paul Braren at TinkerTry

    VMTN: It was to VMware Developers & Consultants what MSDN is to Windows Developers & Consultants, and it may be coming back

    Feb 04 2014 by Paul Braren at TinkerTry

    The end of efforts to bring back VMTN?

    Jun 11 2014 by Paul Braren at TinkerTry

    Best parts of VMware’s ESXi 5.5 free hypervisor rely on vCenter, which isn’t free. Uh oh?

    Here’s how Mark Allison migrated from ESXi 5.5 to Hyper-V 2012 R2 Core

    Superguide: Home virtualization server enthusiasts’ colorful variety of ESXi whiteboxes

    Superguide: VMware vSphere

    Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and VCSA


    Jan 20 2015 Update

    VMUG Voice newsletter arrived today, which highlights EVALExperience. You can view it here.


    Mar 03 2015 Update

    It appears we may need to wait 2-3 weeks after vSphere 6 becomes generally available, before we'll know specifics about this program. See also comments below (thanks MoonDog), and the related post I put in Mike Laverick's legendarily-long thread here. I don't claim to have any official word on this, and if you learned something more, please let us know by dropping a comment below. Thank you!


    May 13 2015 Update

    VMware vSphere was generally available for download March 12, 2015. When asking advantage@vmug.com about the status of vSphere 6.0 on EVALExperience, this is the latest word I received today:

    No more news on v6. We are just waiting for Vmware to give the go ahead.
    Thanks,
    Greg


    May 29 2015 Update

    Thanks to @Qgittings for alerting me to theEVALExperience site now showing:

    •VMware vCenter Server Standard for vSphere 6

    Awesome! Although admittedly it'd be awesomer had it come out less than 60 days from VMware vSphere 6.0 's March 12, 2015 release date.

    Remember, it's Kivuto Solutions that services the purchase and downloads and license keys, over at this URL:

    which I had frankly forgotten, since it was so long ago that I made the EVALExperience purchase seen at the top of this post.

    The files you get are the following 3 expected files, same as what VMware offered on March 12 2015:
    VMware-VIMSetup-all-6.0.0-2562643.iso
    VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2562643.iso
    VMware-viclient-all-6.0.0-2502222.exe

    In my case, my home lab was already built, as recorded back on April 19th here. So I merely needed to apply the key, as I demonstrate here:

    vSphere6arrivesonEVALExperience
    click to visit your EVALExperience
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    click to visit your EVALExperience

    May 30 2015 Update

    I'm still working on finding options for securing a 365 day EVALEXperience ESXi 6.0 license key, and I'll add my findings to this article.

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    There are some limitations you should be aware of in the VMware vCenter EULA. For example, see the benchmarking section below, in this unedited cut-and-paste of the entire EULA, as it appears on May 30 2015:

    VMware EULA

    This message applies to:

    Product
    VMware vCenter Server Standalone for vSphere 6 (English) - Download

    VMware End User License Agreement
    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TERMS OF THIS END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT SHALL GOVERN YOUR USE OF THE SOFTWARE, REGARDLESS OF ANY TERMS THAT MAY APPEAR DURING THE INSTALLATION OF THE SOFTWARE.

    IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: BY DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING, OR USING THE SOFTWARE, YOU (THE INDIVIDUAL OR LEGAL ENTITY) AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (“EULA”). IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS EULA, YOU MUST NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL, OR USE THE SOFTWARE, AND YOU MUST DELETE OR RETURN THE UNUSED SOFTWARE TO THE VENDOR FROM WHICH YOU ACQUIRED IT WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AND REQUEST A REFUND OF THE LICENSE FEE, IF ANY, THAT YOU PAID FOR THE SOFTWARE.

    EVALUATION LICENSE. If You are licensing the Software for evaluation purposes, Your use of the Software is only permitted in a non-production environment and for the period limited by the License Key. Notwithstanding any other provision in this EULA, an Evaluation License of the Software is provided “AS-IS” without indemnification, support or warranty of any kind, expressed or implied.

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    2. RECORDS AND AUDIT. During the License Term for Software and for two (2) years after its expiration or termination, You will maintain accurate records of Your use of the Software sufficient to show compliance with the terms of this EULA. During this period, VMware will have the right to audit Your use of the Software to confirm compliance with the terms of this EULA. That audit is subject to reasonable notice by VMware and will not unreasonably interfere with Your business activities. VMware may conduct no more than one (1) audit in any twelve (12) month period, and only during normal business hours. You will reasonably cooperate with VMware and any third party auditor and will, without prejudice to other rights of VMware, address any non-compliance identified by the audit by promptly paying additional fees. You will promptly reimburse VMware for all reasonable costs of the audit if the audit reveals either underpayment of more than five (5%) percent of the Software fees payable by You for the period audited, or that You have materially failed to maintain accurate records of Software use.

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    8.1 Defense and Indemnification. Subject to the remainder of this Section 8 (Intellectual Property Indemnification), VMware shall defend You against any third party claim that the Software infringes any patent, trademark or copyright of such third party, or misappropriates a trade secret (but only to the extent that the misappropriation is not a result of Your actions) under the laws of: (a) the United States and Canada; (b) the European Economic Area; (c) Australia; (d) New Zealand; (e) Japan; or (f) the People’s Republic of China, to the extent that such countries are part of the Territory for the License (“Infringement Claim”) and indemnify You from the resulting costs and damages finally awarded against You to such third party by a court of competent jurisdiction or agreed to in settlement. The foregoing obligations are applicable only if You: (i) promptly notify VMware in writing of the Infringement Claim; (ii) allow VMware sole control over the defense for the claim and any settlement negotiations; and (iii) reasonably cooperate in response to VMware requests for assistance. You may not settle or compromise any Infringement Claim without the prior written consent of VMware.

    8.2 Remedies. If the alleged infringing Software become, or in VMware’s opinion be likely to become, the subject of an Infringement Claim, VMware will, at VMware’s option and expense, do one of the following: (a) procure the rights necessary for You to make continued use of the affected Software; (b) replace or modify the affected Software to make it non-infringing; or (c) terminate the License to the affected Software and discontinue the related support services, and, upon Your certified deletion of the affected Software, refund: (i) the fees paid by You for the License to the affected Software, less straight-line depreciation over a three (3) year useful life beginning on the date such Software was delivered; and (ii) any pre-paid service fee attributable to related support services to be delivered after the date such service is stopped. Nothing in this Section 8.2 (Remedies) shall limit VMware’s obligation under Section 8.1 (Defense and Indemnification) to defend and indemnify You, provided that You replace the allegedly infringing Software upon VMware’s making alternate Software available to You and/or You discontinue using the allegedly infringing Software upon receiving VMware’s notice terminating the affected License.

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    June 02 2015 Update

    My contact tells me more downloads will be available tomorrow. In other words, we jumped in before the official launch. My, we are an eager bunch. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, see also Greg's comment below.


    June 03 2015 Update #1

    For EVALExperience buyers, it appears that putting "VMware Virtual SAN" into your shopping cart here:

    and "buying" it for $0 gets you license keys. Those cannot be used for ESXi 6.0, something I just tested. So still seeking a way to license my ESXi 6.0 hypervisors, stay tuned...


    June 03 2015 Update #2

    Good news! Simply choose "VMware vCloud Suite (English) - Download" and the license key you're given works fine with ESXi 6.0. Buy 12 months, and you get one free, so 13 months in all. About 400 days, it would seem. Nice!

    For me, it was May 29 2015 that I download and applied my VCSA/vCenter key, so July 04 2016 is exactly 402 days later.

    VMUG-vCSA-and-ESXi-60
    Licensed Features - ESXi Server License Type

    See also Greg from the VMUG organization, in the conversation below.


    June 06 2015

    vSphere-Client-showing-ESXi-license

    I gather everybody who ordered EVALExperience before the vSphere release date is seeing the same expiration date I'm seeing, July 4, 2016, a day we Americans find easy to remember. I guess we're celebrating our independence from the fear of the 60 day time-bomb. Ok, that's a stretch, but trust me, licensing humor ain't easy.

    I also notice that my VCSA/vCenter 6.0 license expiration is the same July 4th as my ESXi 6.0 expiration.

    So, are you also seeing July 4, 2016 in your home lab? I'm curious, please drop your comments below, no login required. Thank you!


    June 07 2015

    Video walk-through of the procedure to download then apply your ESXi and VCSA licenses now available:


    January 05 2016

    per-incident

    Important to know that you cannot open a per-incident $300 service request ticket with EVALExperience license keys. I discovered this first-hand recently, as I talked to VMware Support about his.

    Instead, you'll need to purchase, at a minimum VMware vSphere Essentials Kit, with academic discounts likely your most affordable option. You can compare vSphere Editions here. Once purchased, a key arrives that you apply to your existing ESXi host. Then you could open (and pay for) a per-incident service request.