ESXi Host Evaluation License Expired

I have a lab with one host (4.1) and 4 virtual servers.  The VCenter Server is one of those servers.  I have a Sharepoint, DC and Exchange server in the lab.  I have purchased a valid license, but forgot to install it prior to the evaluation server license expiration.  When I logged int this morning using a client, the VM's were running, but the Host showed Disconnected.

I went into Administration and loaded the license and closed the administration tab.  I then tried to connect the host, but it said the evaluation license was expired.  So I went back in and the new license showed loaded.  So I powered off all the VM's and the host.  Powered the hose back on and it still showed the eval license expired.

So I went into the configuration tab and went to license features.  I clicked on the edit link on the far right, but that times out.

How do I get the license installed and the lab back up and running.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
are you connecting directly to the ESXi server using the vSphere Client ?
sfletcher1959VPAuthor Commented:
I am connecting using a Vsphere client on another server and pointing to the IP address of the ESXi Host.

It does connect, but will not let me edit the license features and I don't see another way to add the license.Host snapshotHost 1 snapshot
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would try and restart the server, or restart network management agents.

and then.....I've got a few more ideas....
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sfletcher1959VPAuthor Commented:
I have restarted multiple times.  I believe this restarts the management agents.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes it does. seems very odd.

okay, you could try to remove the existing license.

this is *not supported*

logon via the console or remotely via SSH

cd /etc/vmware
rm vmware.lic
rm license.cfg

you make want to cp the files and make backups!

restart server and try again.
sfletcher1959VPAuthor Commented:
This server is remote to me.  I had already thought about this, but it will have to wait for Monday when I can get in front of the box.  Thanks so much Andrew.  Hope you have a great weekend.  Cheers
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no probs.

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sfletcher1959VPAuthor Commented:
Andrew that worked perfectly.  I was able to open on a new evaluation license and then apply the new license without any issues.  Up and running.  Thanks.
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