You must configure a license to use vCenter Server. License keys are required for various vSphere components and features.


To configure licenses, the vSphere Client must be connected to a vCenter Server system.

Required privilege: Global.Settings


  1. If necessary, select Administration > vCenter Server Settings to display the vCenter Server Settings dialog box.
  2. If the vCenter Server system is part of a connected group, select the server you want to configure from the Current vCenter Server drop-down menu.
  3. In the vCenter License section, select the type of license key to assign to this vCenter Server.
    • Select Assign an existing license key to this vCenter Server and select a license key from the Product list.
    • Select Assign a new license key to this vCenter Server, click Enter Key, and enter a vCenter Server license key and an optional label for the key.
      Note: To enter ESXi host license keys, select View > Administration > Licensing