To remain in compliance with the licensing models of products that you use with vSphere, you must remove all unassigned licenses from the inventory. If you have divided, combined, or upgraded licenses in My VMware, you must remove the old licenses.

For example, suppose that you have upgraded a vSphere license from 5.0 to 5.5 in My VMware. You assign the license to ESXi 5.5 hosts. After assigning the new vSphere 5.5 licenses, you must remove the old vSphere 5.0 license from the inventory.


  1. Click Manage in the VMware Host Client inventory and click Licensing.
  2. Click Remove license, and click OK.