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I remember from our AdminStudio days that it was not possible to query the free version of ESX using the VMWare VIX Api calls at that time. I see that a limitation applies to any free ESX and so that is why I feel that the ESXquery tool is unable to query the free ESX.
Hope this helps.
I was also unable to query a free version of ESXi via the normal beacon method of collecting VMware inventory. It appears to be a limitation with ESXi limiting the functionality of the API.
From the following URL: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1023990
- vCLI, PowerCLI, and vSphere SDK for Perl are limited to read-only access for the free vSphere Hypervisor edition. To enable full functionality of vCLI on a VMware ESXi host, the host must be licensed with vSphere Essentials, vSphere Essential Plus, vSphere Standard, vSphere Advanced, vSphere Enterprise, or vSphere Enterprise Plus.
Other Related Info: http://www.doublecloud.org/2011/01/free-esxi-and-apicli-support/
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