You must assign a license key to vCenter Server after its evaluation period expires or its currently assigned license key expires. Various vSphere components and features are unlocked by using license keys.
- In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the vCenter Server instance.
- Select the Manage tab.
- Under Settings, select Licensing.
- Select Assign License Key.
- From the drop-down list, select an option.
Assign an existing license key
Select from the license keys that already exist in the inventory of the vCenter Server system.
Assign a new license key
Enter a new license key and assign it to vCenter Server. You can click Decode to verify that the license key is valid, and that it belongs to the correct product.
- Click OK.
The license key is assigned to the vCenter Server system, and one instance from the license capacity is allocated for the vCenter Server system.