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VMware Resources for Educational Institutions

VMware Resources for Educational Institutions

VMware has its roots in academia and continues to provide a number of resources to support educational institutions worldwide.

Software Licensing

Two different programs have been created to make VMware software products available to universities, colleges and other educational institutions, with each program being tailored to a specific type of institution. Those programs are the VMware Academic Program software licensing subscription, and the VMware IT Academy.

  • VMware Academic Program Software Licensing
    The VMware Academic Program (VMAP) is a broad initiative that advances VMware’s strategic objectives by creating and sustaining relationships with the global higher education community. The primary focus of VMAP’s efforts is collaborative research, and engagement with the research community, but the Program also supports broad access to VMware software by any eligible department of a degree-granting higher education institution (college, university or equivalent). Click here for more details.
  • VMware IT Academy
    VMware designed the IT Academy Program to introduce students to VMware technologies and equip them with VMware technical skills to compliment their chosen fields of study. VMware provides selected academic institutions with course materials developed by VMware. By instituting this program, VMware seeks to create a collaborative relationship with academic institutions whereby their students may obtain the VMware Certified Professional-DCV status and many other VMware certifications. Click here for more details.

Notes & References

Using VMAP vSphere Licenses in the Classroom

Many users of the VMAP Software Licensing program ask us about how they can most effectively use vSphere in their classroom, especially given the limitations on license keys provided under the Licensing program. It helps to understand the purpose of the licensing program, and some examples of creative ways to use licenses follow.


Please use the ‘Comments’ box below to submit questions about the VMAP licensing program, VMware IT Academy, or other educational resources.

15 thoughts on “VMware Resources for Educational Institutions

  1. Mauricio Ramirez

    i can see a lot of questions without any answer… since Aug 2013.. I will not wait that long…
    is there ny other way to contact you?

    1. Joel Sweatte

      We use Vcloud director in curriculum and previously were able to acquire it off the VMAP site. It is no longer available. I assume that VMAP will not provide Vcloud director in the future but I would like to have confirmation of that?

  2. Bill Thomas

    We love the program, my problem is I need to renew our license for vSphere 4 Advanced it is no longer available on the Vmap portal. How can I obtain a renewal license. Upgrading is not an option at this time, thank you.


  3. Greg French


    I currently teach computer and network technology at a high school and would like to include some basic VMware Vsphere classes as supplemental course work. Do you provide any help or programs for high school students maybe leading to the VCA certification.

    Thanks in advance for any information you provide.

    Greg French
    Computer and Network Technology Teacher

  4. Mark Charles Steele

    my student #16767175
    Colorado Technical University
    8668131826 PH#

  5. Mark Charles Steele

    I attend Colorado Technical University and would very much like to use vm ware.
    Can you assist me?
    student# 16767175
    866.813.1836 (university)
    Kimberly Johnson ( academic adviser )

  6. Josh A.

    Will VMware be making vSphere/vCloud Suite 5.5 available through VMAP? If so, when? Currently our university only has access to 5.1. Thank you.

  7. Bill Doherty

    We are currently VMAP members using VMWare in student labs. Our configuration requires 2 ESxi servers, but VMAP appears to offer only one license code per year. How can we acquire a license key for our second server?

  8. Scott Samson

    I have a 2-year software license for VMware products, due to expire in August of 2014. However, my current license will expire this week. How do I obtain a new license to see me through August 2014?



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