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Licensing VSphere & ESX

Posted on 2011-04-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hey folks,

I am running an ESX box with 4 VMs.

When i login to Vsphere to that ESX box , my evaluation expires in 4 days.

I got a license but cant find where to enter it.

I followed instructions saying go to configuartion»licensed deatures then add a license but the add license is not there.

And do I need to,ilcence ESX or Vsphere? I believe its Vsphere only.

Using Vsphere and ESX 4.1

Thanks guys
Question by:WBGames
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Firstly, have you registered and received you license from VMware.

Don't panic, after evaluation finishes, you'll just not be able to start VMs, existing VMs will run.

The product is called vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi/ESX) so just the server, unless you are also running vSphere vCenter?

Using the vSphere Client GUI, you connect to the server, select the server, Edit Configuration, and Select License, Add License.
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Licensing ESX/ESXi

To license a standalone ESX or ESXi 4.x (vSphere Hypervisor):

    Log in to the ESX/ESXi host using vSphere Client.
    Click the Configuration Tab.
    Click LicensedFeatures under Software.
    Click Edit under Licensed Features.
    Select Assign a new license key to this host.
    Press Enter and enter the License Key.
    Click OK.

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Currently i only have an ESX box and Vsphere client installed on my PC.

So my understanding is : i also need hypervisor or vcenter to manage the whole thing ?
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No, use the vSphere Client to connect to ESX box (ESX is also called, vSphere Hypervisor).

(vSphere is just a brand!).
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you only need vCenter if you have more than one server, and require additional features.

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Ok got it , didnt see the edit.. it is so small at the right top of the screen and i wasnt in fullscreen...duh.

But it says i do not have a valid license for this product.

I have a WMware foundation licence, what do i need ?
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What product do you have?

You payed money for this license?

What do you have ESXi or ESX 4.0 or 4.1?

Author Comment

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Esx 4.1 and vpshere 4.1

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VMware vCenter Server 4 Foundation license is a license used for vSphere vCenter which is used to manage up to three ESX hosts servers. This license is for the Management Server.

Have you installed vCenter Management Server for which this license is for?

You still need to apply a license per ESX host server?

So you should have at least two licenses?

1. for management server vSphere vCenter.

2. for each ESX host server, which you apply as above.

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No i havent and i cannot now install vcenter as our real infra is not install (  we are in a startup )
Im hosting 2 ESX box on PC`s.

I manage those 2 from vpshere client installed on my laptop.
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Accepted Solution

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Okay, so you should also have two licenses of vSphere 4 Standard, Advanced, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus these are licenses per socket (processor) for your two servers.

So you should have three license keys, two are assigned to the vSphere 4 (ESX) servers, and the other Foundation license is used when you installed vCenter Server.

The products SKUs are

vSphere vCenter Server Foundation
vSphere 4 (Standard, Advanced, Enterprise or Enterprise plus)

If you login into VMware Portal, you can check your licensing

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