You must assign a license to an ESXi host before its evaluation period expires or its currently assigned license expires. If you upgrade, combine, or divide vSphere licenses in My VMware, you must assign the new licenses to ESXi hosts.


  • To view and manage licenses in the vSphere 6.0 environment, you must have the Global > Licenses privilege on the vCenter Server system, where the vSphere Web Client runs.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the host in the inventory.
  2. Select the Manage tab.
  3. Under System, select Licensing.
  4. Click Assign License.
  5. Select a licensing method.
    • Select an existing license and click OK.

    • Create a new license.

      1. Click the Create New License (Create license icon) icon.

      2. In the New Licenses dialog, type or copy and paste a license key and click Next.

      3. On the Edit license names page, rename the new license as appropriate and click Next.

      4. Click Finish.

      5. In the Assign License dialog, select the newly-created license and click OK.


The license is assigned to the host. Capacity from the license is allocated according to the license usage of the host.