To unlock all the capabilities of vSphere+, subscribe your vCenter to vSphere+.

When you subscribe your vCenter to vSphere+:

  • vSphere license keys cannot be used in vCenter instances that are subscribed to vSphere+. You can continue to use licenses of other VMware products such as VMware Site Recovery Manager™ and VMware vSAN™.
  • All the hosts connected to this vCenter are billed to vSphere+.
  • You can configure and manage vSphere with Tanzu by using Tanzu Standard Runtime Edition included in your vSphere+ subscription. See vSphere with Tanzu Configuration and Management. For more information about Tanzu Standard Edition, see VMware Tanzu Documentation.
  • You cannot unsubscribe a vCenter from vSphere+.
  • If you want to manage hosts licensed with license keys, deploy a new vCenter. You cannot reuse a subscribed vCenter.



  1. Log in to the VMware Cloud console at
  2. Click Inventory.
  3. Subscribe your vCenter by using either of the following methods:
    • In the notification, click Subscribe and select vCenter instances.
    • Click the individual vCenter in the list, and then click Subscribe.

What to do next

You can now manage your vCenter updates from the VMware Cloud Console. See Enable vCenter for Updates.