You must configure a license to use vCenter Server. License keys are required for various vSphere components and features.

To configure licenses, the vSphere Client must be connected to a vCenter Server system.

Required privilege: Global.Settings


If necessary, select Administration > vCenter Server Settings to display the vCenter Server Settings dialog box.


If the vCenter Server system is part of a connected group, select the server you want to configure from the Current vCenter Server drop-down menu.


In the vCenter License section, select the type of license key to assign to this vCenter Server.

Select Assign an existing license key to this vCenter Server and select a license key from the Product list.

Select Assign a new license key to this vCenter Server, click Enter Key, and enter a vCenter Server license key and an optional label for the key.


To enter ESXi host license keys, select View > Administration > Licensing