Once you configure a vSphere cluster for vSphere with Tanzu and it becomes a Supervisor Cluster, you must assign the cluster a Tanzu edition license before the 60 day evaluation period expires.

About the Tanzu Edition Licenses

A Tanzu edition license enables the Workload Management functionality in vSphere 7.0.1. It is applicable to Supervisor Clusters that are configured with the vSphere networking stack or with NSX-T Data Center as the networking stack.

As a vSphere administrator, when you assign a Tanzu edition license to a Supervisor Cluster cluster, you can create and configure namespaces and provide access to these namespaces to DevOps engineers. As a DevOps engineer, you can deploy Tanzu Kubernetes clusters and vSphere Pods inside the namespaces to which you have access. Supervisor Clusters configured with the vSphere networking stack only support Tanzu Kubernetes clusters.

Licensing a Supervisor Cluster

After you configure a vSphere clusters as a Supervisor Cluster, you can use the full set of capabilities of the cluster within a 60 day evaluation period. You must assign a Tanzu edition license to the Supervisor Cluster before the 60 day evaluation period expires.

If you configure NSX-T Data Center as the networking stack for the Supervisor Cluster, you must assign an NSX-T Data Center Advanced or higher license to NSX Manager.

If you upgrade an existing Supervisor Cluster to vSphere 7.0.1, the cluster enters evaluation mode after the upgrade completes. The VMware vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus with Add-on for Kubernetes license that is assigned to the hosts acts as a regular vSphere Enterprise 7 Plus license, it does not enable any vSphere with Tanzu functionality. In that case, you must assign the Supervisor Cluster a Tanzu edition license before the 60 day evaluation period expires.

Evaluation Period and Tanzu License Expiration

When the evaluation period of a Supervisor Cluster expires, or a Tanzu edition license expires, as a vSphere administrator you cannot create new namespaces or update the Kubernetes version of the Supervisor Cluster. As a DevOps engineer, you cannot deploy new vSphere Pods and Tanzu Kubernetes clusters. You cannot change the configuration of the existing Tanzu Kubernetes clusters such as adding new nodes.

You can still deploy workloads on Tanzu Kubernetes clusters and all existing workloads continue to run as expected. All Kubernetes workloads that are already deployed continue their normal operation.