Those of you that want to the full benefits and features of VMware for a homelab, you can register for the VMware VMUG Advantage Program get a decent discount with the following code:
The VMware Advantage is a single user, 1 year subscription for $200.00 USD but if you enter in the 15% code (ADV15OFF), you can get it for $170.00 USD.
This has its benefits as it provides you with various VMware products and the ability to have full access to ESXi and the advanced functions (ie: vSAN + more).
I have no affiliation with this code and I was able to use it today successfully, on May 13th 2021.
This code from what I tested only worked with the 1-year subscription and not the 2 or 3 year.
For those of you that want to know more about this offering from VMware, please see the following link:
It is pricey but if you are working at advancing your skills in this platform, I think it’s a small price to pay.
Sure you can just download ESXi and have the 30 day free version but this is less hassle and has a large community backing this group.
Just last week I was listening onto a session from VMware VMUG presenters about homelab configurations, costs and best practices.
I figured I’d offer this out if anybody wants to try. The code may not work by the time you check so I apologize. I only came across this code from other references on various blogs.
Good luck and stay safe!