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Cougie
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Adding a ESXi 6.7 host to vCenter 7.0

My client recently purchased:

VMware vSphere 7 Essentials x 6

VMware vCenter Server 7 Essentials x 1

This is for a new Dell host with ESX 7.0 installed.

But my client also has an older host with ESXi 6.7 (free) installed.

We cannot add this to vCenter due to licensing.

We cannot add the ESX 7 license to the ESXi 6.7 host.

The ESXi 6.7 host cannot be upgraded to ESX 7.0 because the hardware is not officially supported.

ESX 6.7 licenses are no longer available for purchase.

Is there anything we can do to add this to the vCenter?

Can VMware provide some kind of courtesy license downgrade key for ESX 6.7?

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scott28tt
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VMware Employee

This article should help: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/81665


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Cougie
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Would downgrading affect my current ESX 7 host with the version 7 license. (One key)

I have a vSphere 7 Essentials for 6 CPUs.

EDIT:

I've worked out that the license can be split and downgraded. Thanks for your help.

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