You added the vSphere 5 Standard and vCenter Server 5 Standard licenses to the inventory of the My vCenter Server 5.1 system. You must assign the vCenter Server 5.x Standard license key to the My vCenter Server 5.1 system before its 60-day evaluation period expires.

You are using the My vCenter Server 5.1 system in evaluation mode and have configured vMotion. When the evaluation period of a vCenter Server system expires, all hosts disconnect from that system. You cannot use vMotion if the ESXi-A and ESXi-B hosts are disconnected from the My vCenter Server 5.1.

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In the vSphere Web Client, select Administration > Licensing > License.

2

Click the vCenter Server Instances tab.

The My vCenter Server 5.1 system appears in evaluation mode.

3

Select the My vCenter Server 5.1 system, and click Assign License Key.

4

Select the vCenter Server 5 Standard license key that you added.

To verify that it is the correct license key, view the license key label My License Keys under the license key details section.

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Click OK.

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To verify that the My vCenter Server 5.1 system is licensed correctly, view the licensed features on vCenter Server.

a

Navigate to the My vCenter Server 5.1 system in the inventory.

b

Click Manage, and click Settings.

c

Under System, select Licensing.

Licensing information about the My vCenter Server 5.1 appears. The product name for the license should be vCenter Server 5 Standard.

The My vCenter Server 5.1 system is in licensed mode.

To complete the licensing configuration of your vSphere environment, assign the vSphere 5 Standard license key to the ESXi-A and ESXi-B hosts before their 60-day evaluation period expires.