You try to power on a virtual machine, but the operation is unsuccessful and you receive an error message.

Problem

You cannot power on a virtual machine on an ESXi host.

You might be unable to power on a virtual machine because of the following reasons.

  • The 60-day evaluation period of the host is expired.

  • The license of the host is expired.

  • The edition of the license key does not match the configured features and resources on the host.

Results

Table 1. Power on a Virtual Machine

Cause

Solution

The evaluation period of the host is expired.

Obtain a vSphere license key and assign the key to the ESXi host. Verify that the edition of the license key matches the configured features and resources on the host. If they do not match, you cannot assign the license key.

The license of the host is expired.

The edition of the license key does not match the configured features and resources on the host.