feter20
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VCF 4 license requirement?

just read License Management and https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/datasheet/products/vmware-cloud-fo...

but I would like to clarify:

if the VCF 4.0 enterprise edition is chosen, do I need to prepare license key of "SDDC manager + vSphere + vSAN + NSX-T Data Center + vCenter Server", totally 5, to activate the VCF completely?

or maybe some licenses are combined together?

thanks

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heathbarj3
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Not sure if this is what you are looking for,

During the install process, you will be asked for a license key for each of these products independently.

This is a screenshot from the XLSX Workbook that feeds the data into VCF during the day 0 install process.

The Red Fields on the right would need to be filled with the keys

Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 11.38.08 AM.png

Let me know if you have further questions on how to license this.

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feter20
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Hi heathbarj3​ thanks for help.

I saw this VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 Release Notes and it stated that

The following VMware software components deployed by SDDC Manager are licensed under the Cloud Foundation license:

  • VMware ESXi
  • VMware vSAN
  • VMware NSX-T Data Center

So, except for the primary products(vCenter, vSAN...) listed in the VCF BOM list, does SDDC manager/Cloud Builder VM require independent license to build the VCF?

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heathbarj3
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The Cloud Builder appliance is EULA enforced but is not "locked" and does not require a key to actually deploy, it is a one time use deployment appliance. In order to gain access to download and use it does require a VCF License purchase.

SDDC manager does require a license key, as shown in the screen shot above.

Hope this helps

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