You can assign a license key to an ESXi host from the Licensing page in the vSphere Client.

About this task

If the vSphere Client is connected directly to the host, on the host Configuration tab click Licensed Features > Edit to change the license key.


Verify that you have the Global > Licenses privilege.


  1. Select the host in the inventory and click the Configuration tab.
  2. Click Licensed Features and click Edit.
  3. Assign a license key.
    • Select Assign an existing license key to this host and select a license key from the Product list.

    • Select Assign a new license key to this host, click Enter Key, and specify a license key and an optional label for the license key.

  4. Click OK.