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Daily Blog #459: Building a testing lab on a budget

Hello Reader,
       I know many of you have work or home labs where you do test things, research things and overall use different virtual environments. What many people don't know though is that you can get a hold of almost all of the VMware software you need like:

  • VMWare Workstation
  • VMWare Fusion
  • VCenter
  • VSphere ESXi Enterprise
  • VSan
For $200 you can join the VMUG (VMware User Group) Advantage program which will get you access to the Eval Experience which gets you 365 days of licensing for the above VMware software and much more. This has let me really get some of my testing accelerated at a much lower cost and I'm looking forward to using the clustered ESXi license as well as VSAN to setup larger research environments. 


You'll have to setup an account at VMUG and usually wait a day to get the login to the OnHub store that contains the eval software. After that you have a year of much easier research ahead of you.

Good Luck!

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