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Downgrade a Licence

Is it possible to downgrade a VMware vSphere 7 Essentials Kit for 3 hosts Licence to Licence Version 6.0 U3?

Thanks to everyone for the quick answers. The downgrade is necessary because according to the compatibility list, the hardware does not support the latest versions.

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VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Yes, downgrading a license is possible - VMware Knowledge Base

Be aware that vSphere 6.0 is out of support - VMware Knowledge Base

You should be only downgrading to 6.7 or 6.5.

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Virtuoso
Virtuoso

abhilashhb​ is right.

As addiontial note i can say its totally normal that you only can buy the current version and than you must downgrade if needed for no costs. If you find the action menu within your my.vmware account than its self explaining. A later upgrade it also for free and you can also perform partially downgrades or splitting instances. Dont get confused... vCenter have its own licenses.

Quick info... your vSphere 6 key than is valid from 6.0 up to 6.7u3.

If possible run the latest vSphere vCenter like 6.7 and manage your 6.0/6.5/6.7 Hosts.

If you only bought vSphere Essentials(non plus) than you have no support at first and the support end of 6.0 isnt that important for you.

Regards,
Joerg

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast

the support end is important for everyone because it's also about security updates

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Enthusiast
Enthusiast

Can we ask why you want to use 6.0 U3 specifically?

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Contributor
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The downgrade is necessary because according to the compatibility list, the hardware does not support the latest versions.

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User Moderator
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Hi,

No, because version 6.0 is no longer available.

ARomeo

Blog: https://www.aleadmin.it/
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User Moderator
User Moderator

Hi,

also evaluate this:

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vSphere 6.0 Reaches End Of General Support (EOGS) in March 2020 - VMware vSphere Blog

ARomeo

Blog: https://www.aleadmin.it/
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I take it that this is in use in a production environment?

If the hardware doesn’t support a version of vSphere that is currently in support then you either need to upgrade the hardware or if they won’t let you do that then you need to make it absolutely clear that you are NOT recommending this and it is management’s responsibility and that they are culpable if things go wrong.

Keep the emails.

Cover your back. Always.

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