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November 8, 2010

Cheat on the amount of vCPU’s / cores in your VMware Virtual Machines

Some software vendors are licensing there product according the amount of CPU’s there are in you server (Physical or Virtual).

Each vCPU you add in a VMware Virtual Machine is seen as a kind of “physical socket”.  This means that if you add 4 vCPU’s in your VM and you need to install software where the software is licensed on CPU SOCKET, you have to pay for 4 CPU’s.

VMware has a advanced setting that makes this 4 CPU SOCKET machine look like a Quaqcore SOCKET, which means only 1 CPU SOCKET.

How to change this setting?  Look at VMware KB article 1010184

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