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VMware Licensing Training Course

VMware is an integral part of the datacentre for a large number of companies around the world, with most businesses running a highly virtualised on-premises infrastructure. While many may be familiar with the challenges of licensing other software vendors’ products within a VMware environment, it pays to be current and up to date with the licensing and audit practices of VMware too. 

The first section looks at the features and licensing of common VMware products such as ESXi, vSphere, vCenter, Site Recovery Manager, and more – as well as how the various products can be bundled together when purchased. 

We then analyse 4 key licensing and purchasing programs – VPP, TPP, EPP, and ELA – followed by an overview of the VMware End User License Agreement (EULA) and their product guide. 

The audit section looks at VMware’s approach to audits – how the audit clause is worded, what they look for during an engagement, and things you ought to be aware of to guide your management. We also discuss VMware’s data collection policy and what this may mean for you. 

Finally, we look at VMware support – the options available to you, the product lifecycle and available terms, as well as VMware’s support renewal policy. 

VMware Licensing Training – at a glance

What you'll learn

Our VMware licensing course looks at four main areas of the portfolio: 

Course content

  • Intro to VMware licensing
  • The virtualisation platform
  • ESXi explained
  • vSphere
  • vCenter
  • vRealize
  • Site Recovery Manager
  • vCloud Suite
  • Product Bundling
  • Purchasing routes overview
  • Volume Purchasing Program
  • Transactional Purchasing Program
  • Enterprise License Agreement
  • End User License Agreement
  • License transfer policy
  • VMware product guide
  • VMware audits
  • Data collection
  • Support Options
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Support Terms
  • Renewals Policy
Barry Pilling, VMWare Licensing Expert


Barry Pilling is the co-founder and managing partner of Cortex Consulting, an independent software licensing and asset management consultancy.  He has been working in the ITAM industry for a decade and specialises in licensing software on datacentre and cloud technology platforms.  His deep knowledge of vendors like VMware, Microsoft and IBM has helped numerous clients over the years to optimise and realise savings.  Barry is a passionate advocate of helping IT asset managers in developing the technical and licensing skills that will support them with their roles.

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