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

Before you begin

Verify that you have the Global > Licenses privilege.

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.


  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.