I am a little confused with our licenses for VMware. I have reached out to VMware License Support and only got more confused. We currently are running 1 vCenter with 2 Hosts running VMware ESXi, 6.7.0, 14320388. Any help clarifying would be appreciated.
VMware is wanting me to renew 3 different set of license but it seems like some are duplicates or old. Here is what license we have:
1. Production Support Coverage VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus Kit for 3 hosts
2. Basic Support Coverage VMware vCenter Server 7 Standard for vSphere 7
3. Production Support Coverage VMware vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus for 1 processor
You should only hire support and subscription for what you are using (version 6.7 or 7.0). From what you indicate would be:
VMware vShere vCenter Standard Qty 1
VMware vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus for 1 prossesor Qty 4
I am assuming that your 2 servers only have 2 prossessors each.
If your support and subscription contract is in effect, you will only need to renew it. If it is expired, ask for a quote to know how much it would cost to activate and renew it.
VMware vSphere licenses do not expire, only the support and subscription contract has time to expire
The support and subscription contract is usually for 1, 3 or 5 years.
The support and subscription contract entitles you to VMware support and updates, patches and new versions for the duration of the contract.
Details of your licenses and their dates can be found at My VMware.
Attached are links to licenses and their types and features.
Remember that it is renewed or sold in version 7, but you can downgrade to version 6.
The Essentials Plus Kit contains one vCenter server license (Essentials) and six licenses for VMware vSphere Essentials
With vCenter Essencials you can only manage up to 3 servers with VMware vSphere Essencials.
The licenses may be named s.th. like "...for 1 processor". What's important is the number of CPUs for which the licenses have been purchased. A single license can have different capacities. Please take a look at the licenses in the portal and check their capacity.
If you don't use the Essentials Kit licenses anymore, you don't need to renew it.
So from what you wrote so far, I assume that you are currently using 1 instance of vCenter Server Standard, and 4 Enterprise plus licenses for the ESXi hosts. Theses are the ones which you may want to renew, if you want.
Also, I don't see Essentials Kit anywhere in my vCenter or Hosts, what is Essentials? How would I know if I am using it. It looks like to me I am only using VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus and VMware vCenter Server 6 Standard.
So do I also need the VMware vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus and VMware vCenter Server 7 Standard?
VMware offers low priced vSphere Essentials Kits (Essentials, and Essentials Plus) with limited features, that includes a license for vCenter Server, and 6 CPUs for a maximum of 3 hosts with up to 2 CPUs each.
Anyway, the licenses that show up in the portal are either incorrect (compared to what you mentioned that you have), or you are simply over-licensed, i.e you've purchased more licenses than needed. Maybe you should start finding out what exactly has been purchased, to ensure that you don't pay for SnS on licenses that you don't actively use, or plan to use.
According to the table of your licenses registered in VMware (My Vmware), the support and subscription contracts are valid until March 2021.
Remember that licenses do not expire, what expires and has a life period is the support and subscription contract. The S&S contract entitles you to support and updates at VMware.
You have 2 licenses in version 6 with support basic and subscription (contract).
VMware vcenter Server Standard
VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus For 1 Prossesro (Total 6)
Additionally you also have 2 licenses in version 7 with support for production and subscription.
VMware vcenter Server Standard VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus For 1 Prossesro (Total 6).
You should only renew the support and subscription contracts of what you are currently using.
It is not clear if you are using a single vcenter server 6.7 and 2 servers (Host ESXi) 6.7 (which would be 4 licenses of VMware vSphere for 1 Prossesor) why so many licenses were acquired or the support and subscription contracts were renewed.
I suggest you read carefully the link you send about licenses so that you can choose what type of renovation is the most appropriate for your environment.
VMware vSphere Compute Virtualization Licensing, pricing and packaging (WH I T E P A P E R – SEPTEMBER 2020)
VMware did not give me an option renew VMware vCenter Server 6 Standard or VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus.
The quote VMware sent me was for VMware vCenter Server 7 Standard and VMware vSphere 7 Enterprise Plus
So I am guessing I should go ahead with version 7 so I am covered. Does that sound correct?
Don't worry, it's always the current version that will be mentioned in the renewal.
Having active SnS allows you to up- or downgrade the licenses in your MyVMware portal to the version that you need.
The End of General support for vSphere 6.7 will be on October 15, 2022.
End of General Support for vSphere 6.0 (66977)
Both the licenses and the support and subscription contract are purchased for the current version (Version 7) this is VMware policy. This does not mean that you should immediately migrate to version 7, at least you can stay on version 6.7 a while longer.
You should start planning to migrate to version 7 as long as your hardware and applications are supported on this version.