If you are using perpetual licensing for VMware Cloud Foundation, you can use the SDDC Manager UI to update the license keys for products whose license keys have expired, are expiring, or are incompatible with upgraded components.

You can update license keys for:
  • vCenter Server
  • VMware NSX
  • VMware vSAN
  • ESXi
Updates are specific to the selected workload domain. If you want to update license keys for multiple workload domains, you must update each workload domain separately.


The new license key(s) must already be added to the SDDC Manager inventory. See Add a License Key.


  1. In the navigation pane, click Inventory > Workload Domains.
  2. Click a workload domain name in the Domain column.
  3. Select Actions > Update Licenses.
  4. Read the overview and click Next.
  5. Select one or more products to update and click Next.
    Update Licenses wizard, showing the product selection screen.
  6. Select a license key for each product.
    For VMware vSAN and ESXi, you must select the clusters that you want to update with new license keys.
  7. Review the new license keys and click Submit.