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.


Required privileges:

  • Global > Settings

  • Global > Licenses


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the vCenter Server instance.
  2. Select the Manage tab.
  3. Under Settings, select Licensing.
  4. Select Assign License Key.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.