4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 20, 2019 7:57 AM by larstr

    vSAN evaluation - extend

    andvm Enthusiast



      Whilst doing some tests on the home lab (nested lab) I ran through a purposely created scenario in which I needed to remove a disk/disk group and re-add it.


      "Cannot add disks without vSAN license"


      Is there any way to reset this vSAN evaluation as this is purely setup for testing purposes?

      If not do I need to install/setup a new vSAN cluster from scratch (including re-install of hosts)?



        • 1. Re: vSAN evaluation - extend
          daphnissov Guru
          Community WarriorsvExpert

          I think officially you'll have to reload those ESXi hosts to enable a new vSAN trial period. There's not going to be any "official" way to reset your trial, even if you destroy the vSAN config and re-enable it.

          • 2. Re: vSAN evaluation - extend
            TheBobkin Virtuoso
            VMware EmployeesvExpert

            Hello andvm,


            No, there is no supported way to reset this license and a new one can't be applied - adding capacity is actually the only thing that won't work after it expires (but obviously activities such as replacing disks, enabling or disabling features such as dedupe/encryption also won't work). Unfortunately you are going to have to re-image those nodes and get a new trial-license - there *potentially* are methods of removing nodes from inventory spoofing that they are new hostd and adding them back to vCenter and applying new trial-licenses but probably more work a than re-install. If you work closely with or have good relations with vendors that might be able to supply NFC licenses that would be better, one gets full NFC VMware suite licenses from vExpert, but anyone can get them cheap as part of VMUG Advantage membership IIRC.



            • 3. Re: vSAN evaluation - extend
              andvm Enthusiast

              ok will probably leave this host as a compute only (at least for now) as looks like its going to require a lot of time and all test VM's are on vSAN.


              Wished there was a quicker solution for tests environment but at the same time I can understand why there probably isn't/or is not easy.



              • 4. Re: vSAN evaluation - extend
                larstr Virtuoso


                As mentioned earler here, if you want a prolonged test, note that EvalExperience is only $200 per year.