You can view the use and capacity of the license keys that are assigned to assets for a period that you select.

You can use the Reporting tab of the Licensing page in the vSphere Client to perform the following tasks:

View statistics for the license use and capacity of products filtered by a vCenter Server system and time period.

Export license use reports in CSV format for further analysis and processing.

Set a threshold for the license use of products with use-based licensing models, such as per-virtual machine and vRAM. License use thresholds allow you to receive notifications if a certain use is exceeded.

The License Usage History service on vCenter Server takes snapshots of the license use every hour. The license use snapshots are stored in the vCenter Server database. A license use snapshot contains data about the current license assignment and use for assets. The license use information that you can view on the Reporting tab contains aggregated statistics from the snapshots that are collected in the period that you select.

The license use reports that you can export in CSV format contain the raw data from the license use snapshots that are collected in the period that you select.


The license reporting function is part of the vSphere Web Client and is integrated as a plug-in to the vSphere Client. To have the license reporting in the vSphere Client, you must install the vSphere Web Client and register the vCenter Server system with the vSphere Web Client.