You can export a report for the license use of products for a certain time period and vCenter Server instance. The report is exported in a CSV file that you can later open with third-party applications.


A tamper-detection feature in vCenter Server protects the license use information. If the licensing data in the vCenter Server database has been edited, you cannot export a license use report.

Required privilege: Global.Licenses


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


Click Export.

The Export License Data window appears.


From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server instance for which you want to export license use data.

If you select a vCenter Server instance that is part of a Linked Mode group, the report contains license use data for the entire group.


(Optional) To export data for a vCenter Server instance that is part of a Linked Mode group, select Export license data only for the selected vCenter Server instance.


Select a preconfigured or a custom time period for the license use report from the Time period drop-down menu.


Click Export.

The export operation takes a few seconds.


In the Save Export File window, click Yes.


Browse to the location where you want to save the file and click Save.

The license use for products over the selected time period is exported in a CSV file. The CSV file is contained in a .zip file saved to the specified location.


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.