VMware offers VMware V8 production licenses for the vFabric Standard and vFabric Advanced platform packages. The license is perpetual for a particular version and package of vFabric Platform. A vFabric Platform production license applies to virtual machines only.
Install vSphere 5 and set up vCenter. See the VMware vSphere product documentation.
Decide how many vFabric Platform license units you need, purchase them, and then get your license key from the VMware license portal. See How Licensing Works with vFabric Standard and Advanced.
Start vSphere Client 5 and log in to the vCenter Server in which you installed vFabric License Server.
Select Home > Administration > Licensing to invoke the vCenter Licensing page, then click the Manage vSphere Licenses link in the top-right corner, as shown in the screenshot.
Enter one or more license keys in the text window to the right, one license key per line. Enter an optional label.
Click the Add License Keys button. The license key shows up in the review window.
Repeat the preceding steps to add any additional license keys.
Click Next and follow the prompts until you get to the Confirm Changes window, verify changes, then click Finish.
The license keys are displayed in the main vCenter Licensing
window under the name
VMware vFabric Standard|Advanced,
depending on the vFabric Platform package you purchased.
The vCenter Licensing page displays only the capacity of your vFabric Platform license; it does not actually keep track of the number of licenses currently assigned. See Monitor vFabric License Usage for information on using the monitoring commands.
Install one or more vFabric components on one or more VMs. See RHEL: Installing vFabric Components from the VMware YUM Repository or Windows/Linux: Example Walkthrough of Installing Component from Download Page.