vShield Endpoint Entitlement, not just for vSphere 5.1

When VMware vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Networking and Security 5.1 was launched at VMworld US in late August, one of the news items was the change in licensing relating to vShield Endpoint.

vShield Endpoint is now included in every vSphere edition, with the exception of the lowest tier vSphere Essentials package.

I was under the impression that you had to upgrade to the new 5.1 version to take advantage of the licensing change, and get licenses available for vShield Endpoint, but a new VMware Knowledgebase article named KB: 2036875 Downloading and enabling vShield Endpoint on supported vSphere platforms debunks that.

The licensing change makes vShield Edge available for all customers, with an active SnS, running vSphere 5.1.x, vSphere 5.0.x, or vSphere 4.1 U3! 

 

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