The method you use to activate your license is dependent on whether the product was acquired as standalone, or as part of vFabric Suite.

The vCenter Hyperic evaluation distributions include a time-limited license for 60 platforms.

After you purchase vCenter Hyperic, a production license specifies the number of platforms that you may manage and, unless you have a perpetual license, the license expiration date.

If you obtained your vCenter Hyperic license as part of vFabric Suite, refer first to the license information and procedure in Getting Started with vFabric Suite. If necessary, complete these additional licensing tasks.

Stop the vCenter Hyperic server.

(Optional) If you acquired vCenter Hyperic as a standalone product, create a file named vf.hyp-serial-numbers.txt that contains the product serial number provided by VMware. Install the file in one of the following directories, as appropriate. If the file does not exist, create it.

/etc/opt/vmware/vfabric/ for Unix-like platforms.

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\vmware\vfabric on Windows-like platforms

(Optional) If you acquired vCenter Hyperic as part of the vFabric Suite, configure the location of the VMware license server that administers the network license for vFabric Suite by adding the vfabric.licenseserver.url property to ServerHome/conf/hq-server.conf.

Restart the vCenter Hyperic server.