You can view the license use for products from the Licensing page in the vSphere Client. You can filter the license use data by vCenter Server system and time period.

Verify that you have the Global.Licenses privilege.

Ensure that the vSphere Client is connected to the vCenter Server system.

Ensure that you have the vSphere Web Client installed and the vCenter Server system is registered with it.

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In the vSphere Client, select Home > Administration > Licensing.

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Select the Reporting tab.

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(Optional) If the vCenter Server instance that you are connected to is part of a Linked Mode group, leave the default All vCenter Server instances value in the vCenter Server drop-down menu.

You should leave the default All vCenter Server instances value to view the license use for the entire group. If you view the license use for a single vCenter Server instance and not the entire group, you do not receive information about the total use of license keys assigned to more than one asset in the group.

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From the Time period drop-down menu, select a preconfigured or a custom time period for which you want to view the license use for products.

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(Optional) If you select a custom time period, specify the start and end dates, and click Recalculate.

The Products Chart shows the license use for each product as a percentage of the license capacity for the product over the period that you select. If a threshold exists for the license use of a product, the percentage of the threshold use appears in the chart.

The vRAM use for vSphere 5.0 products is reported separately from the CPU use for every product edition. For example, if you have license keys of vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus that are assigned to ESXi 5.0 hosts, the vRAM use for vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus is reported as VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus (vRAM) in the Products Chart.

Certain products in the Products Chart might have one or two asterisk (*) symbols next to their names. The asterisks have a special meaning.

Interpreting Chart Results for Products Marked With Asterisks

vCenter Server Configuration

Description

Single vCenter Server instance or all vCenter Server instances in a Linked Mode group

An asterisk (*) next to a product in the Products Chart indicates that the licenses for the product are hard-enforced. You cannot use more than 100 percent from the license capacity.

All vCenter Server instances in a Linked Mode group

Two asterisks (**) next to a product in the Products Chart indicate that the license use that is reported for the product includes data from vCenter Server instances that no longer participate in the Linked Mode group.

Single vCenter Server instance from a Linked Mode group

Two asterisks (**) next to a solution in the Products Chart indicate that the license use that is reported for the solution includes data for the entire Linked Mode group.