After you obtain a license key for a certain product, you can add it to the vCenter Server license inventory and assign it to one or more assets at a time. Assets are vCenter Server systems, ESXi hosts, clusters with enabled Virtual SAN, and solutions.

Before you begin

Required privilege: Global > Licenses

About this task

For example, if you have a vSphere Standard license key, you can add it to the license inventory of vCenter Server and assign it to all hosts as needed in a single operation.

Procedure

  1. In the vSphere Web Client, select Administration, and under Licensing, select Licenses.
  2. From the vCenter Server drop-down menu, select the vCenter Server system that is associated with the assets that you want to license.

    For example, if you want to license hosts, select the vCenter Server system that manages the hosts.

  3. Use Shift+click to select the assets that you want to license.
  4. Click Assign License Key.
  5. From the licensing method drop-down menu, select Assign a new license key.
  6. Type the license key, and type an optional label for the key.

    You can also copy and paste the license key from My VMware.

  7. (Optional) : Click Decode.

    Decode the license key to verify that it is in the correct format, and that it has enough capacity to license the assets. You can also decode the license key to verify that it belongs to the correct product that is associated with the assets.

  8. Click OK.

Results

The license key is added to the inventory of vCenter Server and assigned to the assets. Capacity from the license key is allocated according to the license usage of the asset.