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Licensed Operating Systems

VMware ESXi

Equinix Metalâ„¢ offers VMware ESXi 6.5, 6.7, and 7.0.

Availability and Pricing

Equinix Metal does not offer licensing for ESXi at this time. By default, the OS comes with a 60-day evaluation license. If you would like to utilize it beyond the 60-days you will need to acquire a license from VMware and activate it on your servers(s).

A server compatibility comparison of our supported Operating Systems, including licensed OS's, can be found on the Supported Operating Systems page.

Operating System 3rd Generation
VMware ESXi 7.0 c3.small, c3.medium, s3.xlarge
VMware ESXi 6.7 c3.small, c3.medium, s3.xlarge
VMware ESXi 6.5 c3.small, c3.medium, s3.xlarge

Red Hat Enterprise on Equinix Metal

Equinix Metal offers Red Hat Enterprise 7 and Red Hat Enterprise 8.

Availability and Pricing

Licensing charges for Red Hat Enterprise Linux are a fixed rate of $0.15/hr regardless of server type, core count, or socket count. Fees are added to your invoice on the 1st of each month.

A server compatibility comparison of our supported Operating Systems, including licensed OS's, can be found on the Supported Operating Systems page.

Operating System 3rd Generation
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 3.small, c3.medium, s3.xlarge, m3.large
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 3.small, c3.medium, s3.xlarge, m3.large

Windows Server on Equinix Metal

Equinix Metal offers Windows Server 2016 Standard and Windows Server 2019 Standard.

Availability and Pricing

Equinix Metal charges a flat $0.01/hr per core for all the versions of Windows Server. Fees are added to your invoice on the 1st of each month. Since servers have a different number of cores based upon their processor(s), the additional licensing costs will vary.

A server compatibility comparison of our supported Operating Systems, including licensed OS's, can be found on the Supported Operating Systems page.

Server Processor Windows 2016 Standard Windows 2019 Standard
c3.small.x86 1x Xeon E 2278G 8-Core Processor @ 3.4Ghz $0.08/hr $0.08/hr
c3.medium.x86 1x AMD EPYC 7402P 24-Core Processor @ 2.8GHz Not Available $0.24/hr
m3.large.x86 1x AMD EPYC 7502P 32-Core Processor @ 2.5Ghz Not Available $0.32/hr
s3.xlarge.x86 2x Xeon 4214 24-Core Processor @ 2.2Ghz $0.48/hr $0.48/hr

Windows Server Feature Compatibility

Using User Data with Windows - PowerShell is a supported executable target for cloud-init, allowing you to configure a host at provisioning time. More about User Data on Equinix Metal can be found here.

Accessing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) - Once the server you deployed is Active, you can RDP in as Admin using the password on the server's details page. Our Windows image utilizes the default RDP port 3389.