You must license your vSphere environment before its 60-day evaluation period expires. To begin, add the vSphere 5 Standard and vCenter Server 5 Standard license keys to the inventory of the My vCenter Server 5.1 system.

vCenter Server systems maintain inventories where license keys are stored. Before you assign license keys to assets, you must add them to the vCenter Server license inventory. You can use the license management function in the vSphere Web Client to add multiple license keys at a time.

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Log in to the vSphere Web Client.

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Select Administration > Licensing > Licenses.

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Select License Keys.

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Click the Add License Keys (+) icon.

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Enter the vSphere 5 Standard license key, and press Enter to add a new line.

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Enter the vCenter Server 5 Standard license key and click Next.

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To label the license keys, type My License Keys.

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Review the license keys and click Finish.

The vSphere 5 Standard and the vCenter Server 5 Standard license keys are added to the license inventory of the My vCenter Server 5.1 system. The license keys appear in the License Keys tab.

Assign the vCenter Server 5 Standard license key to the My vCenter Server 5.1 system before its 60-day evaluation period expires.