To assign license keys to assets, you should add the keys to the license inventory of the vCenter Server instances or the Linked Mode group where the assets reside. You can add multiple license keys at the same time.

Required privilege: Global.Licenses

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

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From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server instance where you want to add the license keys.

If you select a vCenter Server instance that is part of a Linked Mode group, the license keys are added to the shared license inventory of the group.

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Select the License Keys tab.

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Click the Add License Keys (+) icon.

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In the text area of theAdd License Keys dialog box, enter license keys one per line.

You can enter a list of keys in one operation.

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(Optional) Label the license keys.

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Click Next.

If you enter any invalid license keys, you receive an error message that lists only the invalid keys. You can either delete the invalid keys, or correct them.

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In the Ready to complete page, review the license keys to add and click Finish.

The license keys are added to the license inventory of the vCenter Server instance that you selected. If the vCenter Server instance is in a Linked Mode group, the license keys are added to the shared inventory of the Linked Mode group.

Assign the license keys to hosts, vCenter Server instances or solutions that require licensing. You should not keep unassigned license keys in license inventory of vCenter Server.