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CaireJL
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Reallocate ESX license post crash

Hello...

I'm facing a problem! I have installed 3 HP DL-380G7 (Dual socket) with ESXi 4.1. I installed a vCenter server, installed my license file (ordered for 8 servers) & declared my 3 ESX.

Then I had a problem & reinstalled my ESX servers from scratch... & forgot to leberate the licenses! :smileyconfused:

So after the reinstall of my 3 servers I only have 4 CPU left instead of 10! & I can't find where is the option to unregistered "invisible" ESX :smileyangry:

Could someone help me on this case?

Thanks!

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Hofkicks
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Just remove the license and reinstall the same license again. You can temporary assign the 'evaluation' license to the fresh installed ESX hosts before removing the license file.

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Troy_Clavell
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i'm not sure I quite understand, however, all your license keys and information will be on your license portal.  Have you check there?

http://www.vmware.com/support/licensing/

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Hofkicks
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Just remove the license and reinstall the same license again. You can temporary assign the 'evaluation' license to the fresh installed ESX hosts before removing the license file.

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CaireJL
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Thanks Troy...

In fact yes all the keys are in the portal... but my VC says I have 6 ESX Dual CPU registered although I only have 3 because I forgot to unregister them prior reinstalling the whole ESXi

So I only have few CPU left on my licence & I won't be able to install the 8 servers as VC knows the 3 old ones!

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Troy_Clavell
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are these licenses still being held in vCenter?  Home--Administration--Licenses.  Can you "remove" the licenses.  Once removed, add in the new license key, then add the hosts back?

CaireJL
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I thought it had worked & in fact NO!

No ESX registered & already 6 CPUs appearing as Assigned! Smiley Sad

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CaireJL
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Hi Guys...

In fact my problem has been solved! a VMware guy gave me this KB  vCenter Server incorrectly displays the amount of licenses in use by ESX hosts

When I destroyed & reinstalled my 3 ESX servers as I didn't unassign the license from the servers they stayed in the ADAM server.

I followed this KB & everyting is back to normal now! :smileylaugh:

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