vCenter Server 5.0 systems are licensed with vCenter Server 5.0 license keys that have per-instance capacity.

To license a single vCenter Server 5.0, you need a vCenter Server 5.0 license key with a capacity for one instance. If you have vCenter Server systems in a Linked Mode group, you can purchase a vCenter Server license key with a larger capacity and assign the key to all vCenter Server systems in the group.

Note

If you license vCenter Server 5.0 with vCenter Server Standard or Foundation licenses, vCenter Server restricts managing hosts that are licensed with vSphere Essentials or Essentials Plus license keys.