You can edit the total operating system licensing cost and VMware license cost of your cloud environment. You can now set a total fixed cost for the license in VMware Aria Operations. The total license cost is divided across all the hosts present in the data center. You can edit the license cost by either selecting the ELA charging policy or selecting the per socket value.


  1. From the left menu, click Configure and then click Cost Drivers.
  2. In the Cost Drivers tab, click License.
  3. Select the required edit mode for changing the license cost.
    • Edit for All Data centers - mode helps you to customize a single cost driver value for all the data centers. Any customizations done for the Specific data center mode are lost.
    • Edit for specific Data Center - mode helps you to customize different cost driver values for different data centers. Any customizations done for All data centers mode are lost.
      Note: When you select Edit for specific data center as the edit mode, then the select data center option is activated. Select the data center from the drop-down menu
  4. Click Save.
    The Cost drivers display all the licenses in your cloud environment.
    Category Description
    Name Displays the category of the operating system. If the operating system is not Windows or Linux, cost drivers categorize the operating system under Other Operating Systems.
    Note: Two new cost components, Monthly cost of VMware vSAN Per Socket and Monthly cost of VMware vSAN SnS have been included for the vSAN cost calculation. The default values for these components are based on the reference database values.
    The licensing cost for the Windows operating system falls under one of the following categories:
    Per Core License, applicable for
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2019
    Per Socket License, applicable for
    • Windows NT 4.0
    • Windows Server 2003
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2012
    Per Instance License, applicable for
    • Windows XP
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 98
    • Windows 95
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
    • Windows 3.1
    • Windows 2000
    • Windows 10
    VMs Displays the number of virtual machines that are running on the specific operating system.
    Sockets Displays the number of sockets on which the specific operating system is running.
    Charged by Displays whether a cost is charged by socket or ELA.
    Note: The Charged By column can be edited to mention that the cost is charged by socket, core, instance, or ELA.
    Total Cost Displays the total cost of the specific operating system.
  5. Click Save.


According to your inputs, VMware Aria Operations calculates and displays the total cost and updates the Charged by column with the option that you have selected.