What is VMware?

VMware is virtualisation software that enables you to run virtual machines on your local device.

The VMware Academic Software Licensing Program supports the use of virtualization applications in teaching and research.

Academic Software Licensing provides software licenses for teaching, research, and gaining hands-on experience with VMware products. It cannot be used for campus infrastructure, non-academic purposes or any for-profit activity. 

Which VMware products can I access?

Once your request has been processed and you have registered to the VMware IT Academy, you can access the following software:

Who can request access to this software?

VMWare can be requested by members of staff and students at the University of Leeds for research and teaching/learning only.

Access will not be granted to support operational activities.

How can I request access to VMware products?

Please see the related request to request access (you will need to be logged into https://it.leeds.ac.uk/it to see this form).

How can I download the VMware products?

Once you have requested and been approved to access the products, you will be invited to a portal where you can create an account and download the products.

For specific instructions on how to access, install and license the software once you have been added into the portal, please see the next section.

I have been invited to the VMware portal, what should I do next?

To access the software and installation keys, please follow the steps below:

  1. Follow the initial invitation to register an account with VMware. The email for this will look similar to the following:
    A VMware Subscription Has Been Allocated to You Click here to login or register an account to proceed. Upon Redeeming this Subscription, you will have access to the following:  IT Academy Program   If you have any questions, please contact your instructor. Customer Services Contact Information If you have any questions please contact refer to this site.
  2. Once you have created an account and validated your email, you can login to the portal here: Login - VMware IT Academy
  3. Once logged in, you should see a dashboard like this:
  4. Select "Get VMware Software & Licenses" on the banner and select "Request Software License Keys"
  5. Select "Request" for each software that you wish to use (the licence key may take up to 12 hours to arrive in your email Inbox).
  6. Once you have followed the instructions on the website and received the licence key to your email address, go back to the Login - VMware IT Academy page. Click "Get VMware Software & Licenses" on the banner and then select the program you wish to download from the drop-down menu.
  7. Once you click the link for the software you require, scroll down to find the download link..

Further information and support:

For further information regarding the licence and how you can use the software, please refer to the following overview: VMware Academic Software Licensing Overview.

Important: Software cannot be used for infrastructure (Production) purposes. Licenses acquired through the VMware Academic Software Licensing Program are for instructional, research and personal use only.

The licence you obtain will be valid for 12 months from the issue date. When your current licence is due to expire, to request another licence, please complete another "VMware Products" request form- see related request.

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