To assign license key in vCenter Server 6.5

To assign license key in vCenter Server 6.5

Please follow mentioned steps

  1. Login to Virtual Center using Web or vSphere Client.
  2. On top of console, you can see the note saying that licenses in our inventory either expired or not available.
  3. Go to Home > Click on Licenses under Administration Tab
  4. Click on Manage your Licenses in Getting Started Tab or Go to Licenses Tab.
  5. Click on + icon to Create New Licenses.
  6. Enter the vCenter Server 6.x Standard license key and press Enter to add a new line.
  7. Enter the vSphere 6.x Standard license key(For ESXi), and click Next.
  8. Label the license keys as per your convenient. Click on Next.

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This only tells how to add the license. I had trouble ASSIGNING the license, after upgrading from 5.5.  We have a small datacenter with 3 hosts and one cluster... so...

Here is how I finally figured it out, thanks to a lucky guess:

From Home, Go to Global Inventory Lists. Then select vCenter Servers. Then select your vCenter server. Then, the Assign License option finally appeared (I could not find this option in the Administration, Licenses page).

you must use the flash based UI.  the html5 one doesn't have this option. 

This link explains it very well, hope it will help you.

vSphere 6.5 - How to Assign License Key to vCenter Server - VMWare Insight

It would be very nice if You inform customers that FLASH version of UI is REQUIRED to make this action. I couldn't find that "+" in HTML5 version.

@jrvision thanks Smiley Happy

For those having difficulty finding the Flash version of the UI, it lives on port 9443.

Once you install your vCenter license you'll likely have to re-connect your Hosts as well.

thanks @jrvision for the flash tip.

This is what I needed, thank you!

This is misleading, it does not say how to assign the license after adding it.

Thanks mate , it worked for me , appreciate your help, cheers

Had trouble finding just where to assign license, not very intuitive.  Thanks Fluxblocker!

I don't think this is correct on vSphere 6.5. The correct one on the vSphere 6.5 client is:

I Left pane navigate to Manage  - under Host, There is a Licence Tab. Then there is a Assign Licence button.

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