By using the VMware Host Client, you can assign an existing or new license key to an ESXi host.


Verify that you have the Global > Licenses privilege.


  1. Click Manage in the VMware Host Client inventory and click Licensing.
  2. Click Assign license, enter a license key in the form XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX, and click Check license.
  3. Click Assign license to save your changes.