VMWare vSphere Essentials 5 - Licensing Isse

I uninstalled and reinstalled VMWare vSphere Essentials, took quite a lot of effort.
Login to my vCenter server using Administrator@vsphere.local and remembered password.
Created a Datacenter and when I tried to add the host using IP number I get this error:

Event Details:
Type: info
Time: 8/14/2014 9:24:35 AM
Task Details:
Name: AddStandaloneHost_Task
Description: Add standalone host
Error Stack:
The host is licensed with VMware vSphere 5 Hypervisor. The license edition of vCenter Server does not support VMware vSphere 5
Additional Event Details:
Type ID: Info
DataCenter Object Type: Datacenter
ChainId: 93
Additional Task Details:
VC Build: 1945274
Task Id: Task
Cancelable: False
Cancelled: False
Description Id: Folder.addStandaloneHost
Event Chain Id: 93

I have figured out I need to add my License key(s) for VMware vSphere 5 Essentials for 1 processor (VS5-ESSL-C) 6 CPU(s) to the Free ESXi 5.0 Host, just cannot figure out how to do that.
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akalyan911Technical ConsultantCommented:
Hi Pjam,

Just go through the below article , you will find how to add the licence on ESXi 5 and more details like steps to add, assign, remove, unassigned, and change the licenses of ESXi 5.x,


Edited by Andrew Hancock,
VMware Topic Advisor
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would login into the ESXi host, using the vSphere Client, and add your new License Key, and then add to vCenter Server.

At present if cannot be added, because it's using the FREE license.

You will need to replace the existing FREE license key, with your new license key.
pjamAuthor Commented:
Well that is why I posted I cannot see manage license under Home all i see is Inventory, Roles and system Logs.  spent better part of an hour this morning looking.  See Picture for everything i see.  No place allowing Manage license:
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akalyan911Technical ConsultantCommented:
Hi Andrew Hancock, Sorry for that. i am new joiner with Experts Exchange. Thanks for editing my message..
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, okay....

1. Click Inventory.

2. Click the Host

3. Click the Configuration Tab

4. Click Licensed Features

5. Click Edit Far Right

6. Select Assign a new license key to this host

7. Enter license key

8. Click OK

9. Your DONE!

10. Add to vCenter Server

@akalyan911 No problems.

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pjamAuthor Commented:
Ahhhh the far right, missed it entirely.
OK so supposedly i can license three servers, do I do that through vCenter now?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Once, you have added your Correct License to the hosts, you can add to vCenter Server.
pjamAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Andrew.
Host has been added.
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