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VMware license changed to evaluation mode after upgrading from 6.7 to 7.0

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Hi All,

VMware license changed to evaluation mode after upgrading from 6.7 to 7.0

I already have Essentials kit 6 license and tried to apply it but no luck

please advise

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User Moderator
User Moderator

In addition to up/downgrading licenses, you can also split/combine licenses. So in case you currently have a single license for 6 CPUs, you can split it into two licenses, one with 2, and one with 4 CPUs, and then upgrade just the 2 CPU license for the host that you've already upgraded.

André

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User Moderator

Hi,

You need to purchase a new 7.0 license. You cannot use a 6.7 license and upgrade Esxi \ VCSA to 7.0

from vmware article:

If you upgrade an ESXi host to a version that starts with a different number, you must apply a new license. For example, if you upgrade an ESXi host from 6.x to 7.x, you need to license the host with a vSphere 7 license.

Licensing ESXi Hosts After Upgrade

ARomeo

Blog: https://www.aleadmin.it/
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Immortal
Immortal

If you have active SnS, you can upgrade your vSphere license from 6.x to 7.x for free inside your MyVMware portal. If you do not have an active support agreement, it will be a paid upgrade.

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Virtuoso

1. When ever you perform a major release upgrade like 4.x->5.x->6.x->7.x vCenter and ESXi will switch back to 60 day eval mode. You have to apply the right license keys after you finished the upgrade

2. You upgrade the existing license keys within your my.vmware.com portal. You need active Subscription for that task.

Nothing changed in the last 10 years.

Regards,
Joerg

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Enthusiast

thank you all, I have an active support (Third party) but I have two more hosts under this licenses which are on 6.7

so will it be an issue if I upgrade the license

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In addition to up/downgrading licenses, you can also split/combine licenses. So in case you currently have a single license for 6 CPUs, you can split it into two licenses, one with 2, and one with 4 CPUs, and then upgrade just the 2 CPU license for the host that you've already upgraded.

André

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thank you all, I managed to split the license and upgrade it

thanks again for your support

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