THE PROBLEM as I see it
I had two ESX 3.5 servers registered in Virtual Centre Server, one with two sockets and one with one.
I have licenses for 4 Sockets in total.
I removed the single socket server but the license that was allocated to that server has not been released.
Note: I did not disconnect the server prior to removing it, this may have caused the problem.
The picture in virtual centre server now looks like this
:- see attached jpg
The server listed (stcvm1) has the 2 sockets but as you can see I have only 1 license remaining for both ESX server Standard and Vmware Consolidated backup.
I now have another esx3.5 host to add to this Datacentre, it has 2 sockets. I seem to be able to add it and manage some resources on it through Virtual centre server, but I cannot start a virtual machine on it as it reports Insufficient Licenses, so as a host for VMs it becomes useless.
Between myself and the Licensing chaps at VMWare we have tried.
1)Regenerating and re-applying the licensing file.
2)Disconnecting Removing and re-adding all hosts from the virtual centre server.
3)Rebooting the virtual centre server machine.
4)Rebooting the new host that I am adding to this Virtual centre server datacentre.
How do I release a license from within Virtual centre server that it thinks is tied up on a now extinct host so I can use it on a new ESX host.