If you have set up VMWare ESX you will find that it defaults to the evaluation version giving you 60 days of unlimited use. But, how do you apply your serial number? We have created a quick video below to help you with this easy process:

Video Walkthrough – How to activate VMWare ESXi Serial

VMWare ESXi Video walkthrough

When using this in a lab environment, you could use the stripped back version of VMWare ESX with unlimited usage using the serial number below (as detailed in the video):


If you need to use the many features VMWare has to offer, then you would need to purchase a correct licence and enter that instead.

Version 5.5

If you are looking for a key for version 5.5, click here.

Version 6.0

If you are looking for a key for version 6.0, click here.

Version 6.5

If you are looking for a key for version 6.5, click here.

Version 7.0

If you are looking for a key for version 7.0, click here.

Version 8.0

If you are looking for a key for version 8.0, click here.


What is the current VMware ESXi?

The current version when writing this article is version 8.0.0

What does VMware ESXi stand for?

VMware ESXi stands for “VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi”. The “ESXi” part specifically refers to the embedded version of the hypervisor, which is the software that allows multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical machine. VMware ESXi is a type-1 hypervisor, which means it runs directly on the host machine’s hardware, allowing for better performance and efficiency than a type-2 hypervisor, which runs on top of an operating system. The VMware vSphere suite is a collection of virtualization products that includes ESXi, vCenter Server, and other tools for managing virtual infrastructure.


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