You must assign a license key to vCenter Server after its evaluation period expires or its currently assigned license key expires. Various vSphere components and features are unlocked by using license keys.

Required privileges:

Global.Settings

Global.Licenses

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In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the vCenter Server instance.

2

Select the Manage tab.

3

Under Settings, select Licensing.

4

Select Assign License Key.

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From the drop-down list, select an option.

Option

Description

Assign an existing license key

Select from the license keys that already exist in the inventory of the vCenter Server system.

Assign a new license key

Enter a new license key and assign it to vCenter Server. You can click Decode to verify that the license key is valid, and that it belongs to the correct product.

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Click OK.

The license key is assigned to the vCenter Server system, and one instance from the license capacity is allocated for the vCenter Server system.