Tracking the license use for products helps you to estimate what are the overall license requirements for your environment and to remain in compliance. You can filter the license use data by vCenter Server instance and time period.

Before you begin

Required privilege: Global > Licenses

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Administration, and under Licensing select License Reports.
  2. From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server system for which you want to generate license use data.

    When you select a vCenter Server system that is part of a Linked Mode group, license use data is aggregated for the entire Linked Mode group.

  3. (Optional) : To generate the license use report for a vCenter Server system that is part of a Linked Mode group, select Show data only for the selected vCenter Server.
  4. From the Time period drop-down menu, select a preconfigured or a custom time period for which you want to generate license use data.
  5. If you select a custom time period, specify the start and end dates, and click Recalculate.

Results

The Products Chart shows the license use for each product as a percentage of the license capacity for the product over the selected period. If a threshold exists for the license use of a product, the percentage of the threshold use appears in the chart.

Some products might be accompanied by one or two asterisk (*) symbols. The asterisks have specific meaning.

Table 1. Interpreting Chart Results for Products Marked with Asterisks

vCenter Server Configuration

Description

Single vCenter Server instance or all vCenter Server instances in a Linked Mode group.

An asterisk (*) next to a product in the Products Chart pane indicates that the licenses for the product have strong limits. You cannot use more than 100 percent of the license capacity.

All vCenter Server instances in a Linked Mode group.

Two asterisks (**) next to a product in the Products Chart indicate that the license use that is reported for the product includes data from vCenter Server instances that no longer participate in the Linked Mode group.

Single vCenter Server instance from a Linked Mode group.

Two asterisks (**) next to a solution in the Products Chart indicate that the license use that is reported for the solution includes data for the entire Linked Mode group.