We have (2) hosts reporting the license was originally configured for (3) CPU's.    They actually only have (2) each.

We have the ESXI 6.0 Essentials Package for 6 CPU's.

We want to license a third host.   Can we reduce the existing two hosts by one CPU each so we then only have 4 of our 6 in use thus allowing us to license the third host with remaining two CPU license?

If this is a solution, can we simply move the license off then add back on telling it to just use 2 CPU rather than 3 CPU?
Lance McGrewRETIREDAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A VMware vSphere Essentials license is for 3 x 2 CPU Hosts, and 1 vCenter Server License.

If you only have 2 hosts, you should have 1 remaining host license for a third host.

Did you ever have 3 CPUs in a host ?

Unless you've been adding other ESXi servers.

What assets does it show it's licensed to?

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Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
Both licensed hosts report 3 CPU's each and they really only have 2 CPU's each.

myvmware still indicates we have one license remaining.

What auto senses the number of CPU's?

VCenter is the one reporting first 2 hosts are using 3 CPU's
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
myvmware still indicates we have one license remaining.

not really, relevant this, vCenter or ESXi hosts, do not phone home!

Something is a bit weird here...

You have 2 CPU ESXI host servers, and it thinks there are 3 CPU ESXi host servers ?

What auto senses the number of CPU's?

Hypervisor, detects the number of physical CPUs in Sockets.

Are you Servers on the HCL ?

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.


if they are, I think this is one for VMware Support, and open a service request for them.
Lance McGrewRETIREDAuthor Commented:
We upgraded the licensing from 5.5 to 6.0
Upgraded all the hosts from 5.5 to 6.0
Applied the license and everything is now reporting properly.
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