Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University provides two ways to access VMware Software:

The VMware Academic Software Licensing Program provides free downloads of many popular VMware products for use in science, technology, engineering, and math courses by students and faculty, as well as staff who are currently enrolled in classes.

Students and faculty may also use the software for non-commercial research. (For university administrative and infrastructure purposes or staff licensing, see the Enterprise License Agreement.)

Included Software

The store contains several popular VMware products. Each student and faculty member may redeem one key per product per year of subscription:

  • VMware Workstation 15 Pro and 16 Pro

  • VMware Fusion 11 Pro and 12 Pro

  • VMware vSphere 6.x and 7.x Enterprise Plus Edition**

  • VMware vCenter 6.x and 7.x Server Standard Edition**

  • VMware vSphere Tanzu Basics**

  • VMware vRealize 2019 and 7.0 Versions

  • VMware NSX-T 3.x

  • VMware vSAN 7.x Enterprise Edition

** Infrastructure product licenses (e.g., vSphere, vCloud and related products only) are provided by the Academic Software Licensing Program for personal use in gaining hands-on experience with the products. vSphere licenses provided under this program may not be used for desktop virtualization and contain CPU limitations.

Eligibility & Cost 

Each VMware Academic Software Licensing Program product may be ordered once every 12 months. Request or extend access by completing the form.

Request Access

After your request has been approved, you will receive an email with a registration link and additional details on how to set up an account and obtain software licenses. Once you've completed the registration and set up a Brightspace account, visit Brightspace and log in with the new account to access licenses and download instructions.

VMware products such as vSphere, vCenter, and vCenter Operations Manager are available at a significant discount to faculty and staff through the ELA. VMware products purchased under the ELA are exclusively for administrative and infrastructure use by faculty and staff on university-owned computers.

For more information or to purchase discounted VMware products through the ELA, please email

Virtual Co-Location

IT administrators looking for a cost-effective virtual server solution that leverages existing VMWare infrastructure should consider our Campus Cloud Service.