Before you start the workload domain deployment, you add ESXi licenses as needed for the workload domain hosts to SDDC Manager.

To deploy vSphere with Kubernetes in your SDDC, you must use an ESXi license with vSphere with Kubernetes support on your hosts in the workload domain. SDDC manager applies the ESXi licenses on the hosts during the deployment of the workload domain. Before SDDC Manager can apply a license, that license must be added to SDDC Manager.


  1. In a Web browser, log in to the SDDC Manager user interface.
    Setting Value
    User name administrator@vsphere.local
    Password vsphere_admin_password
  2. In the navigation pane, click Administration > Licensing.
  3. On the Licensing page, click + License key.
  4. In the Add license key dialog box, select VMware vSphere as the product, enter your ESXi license with vSphere with Kubernetes support, and click Add.