After you add license keys to the license inventory of vCenter Server, you can assign the keys to unlicensed assets, assets with expiring licenses, or assets with expiring evaluation period.

Note

If an ESXi host disconnects from vCenter Server immediately after you assign a license key, the license assignment is not completed but the host appears as licensed. The host is licensed after it reconnects to vCenter Server.

Required privilege: Global.Licenses

Verify that the license keys that you want to assign are available in the inventory of the vCenter Server system.

1

Select a licensing option.

Licensing option

Description

License an individual asset object

a

Navigate to the asset in the inventory.

b

Click Manage, and click Settings

c

Select Licensing.

License management function

a

Navigate to Administration > Licensing > Licenses.

b

From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select a vCenter Server instance.

c

Select the vCenter Server Instances, Hosts, or the Solutions tab.

d

Select the asset to license.

To select multiple assets, use Shift+click.

2

Click Assign License Key.

3

Select the license key to assign and click OK.

Make sure that you select a license key that supports all the features that the asset runs.

The license key is assigned to the asset . Capacity from the license key is allocated according to the required license usage for the asset.

Note

You might notice vRAM usage reported for vSphere 5.x licenses. vSphere 5.x is licensed per-processor and you should ignore the reported vRAM usage for vSphere 5.x licenses.