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VMWARE EXSI 4 Licence has expired

Posted on 2013-10-27
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Hi,

I had to power off and then power on my three physical ESXI servers. Before the power off I would receive an message each time i connected via the V sphere client that the licence had expired but i could ignore it and then power up the machine. Now after the power off/on I cannot power on the virtual machine. When ever i try and power it up it comes back with a licence message. I was using an evaluation licence.

Firstly, why can't i power up the machines when i could previously?

And what are my options to get my machines powered up? Can I re-enter a evaluation licence key somewhere?
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by:Neil Russell
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The idea of an Evaluation licence is to EVALUATE the product. It has a limited life. This site is not here to help you to get around other companies licenses without paying.  It breaks the sites rules.
You need to speak to VMWare if you would like to extend the evaluation a bit before you purchase.
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by:lindento
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Hi,

go to VMWare download esxi 5.1 there is a free version of this.

Best regards
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You need to register for a FREE License, and then Apply to the Servers.

You have been running in EVALUATION for 60 days or more!

If you have been using vCenter Server for Windows with your three servers, there is no FREE license for vCenter Server for Windows, and I would recommend purchasing a BASIC VMware vSphere Essentials License for Approx $500.

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots, which will show you the links, how to register and Apply the License.

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client
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by:APC_40
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Thanks for the input.

Once the physical server is power cycled does that then trigger this evaluation lock down so to speak?

I don't use Vcentre, just 3 x ESXI servers and a client to connect. Can I apply for an evaluation extension with this setup?
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Once your 60 days is up, the evaluation has expired.

Yes, Register for a License, as per my Articles.
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Thanks  -  I have registered and now have access to a evaluation licence for 'VMware vSphere Hypervisor 4.x License'. How do apply I the new licence to my existing EXSI server?
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All sorted. Licence sourced and installed.
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