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.

Note: If you use vCenter Server to manage your ESXi host, you can only change your licenses from the vSphere Web Client.


  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.