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Brandon Neill is a VMware Certified Instructor and Consultant. He specializes in NSX and vRealize Automation. In addition to teaching Official VMware Classes, he provides contract training and consulting services.


Install VMware Licenses

This page is to help students in class install license for VMware products and solutions, but the steps should also be mostly relevant for any lab/production environment.

Not all products will need to be licensed for every class
Most classes do not require ESXi host licenses to be updated, only update them if they are expired.
NSX licenses always need to be updated if the installed license says “Endpoint” even if it's not expired.

Acquire Licenses

  1. On the desktop there is a folder called Class Materials. Inside there is a License directory. If there is not, ask your instructor for the license keys
  2. Click on Get Evaluation Licenses, this will download a PDF
  3. Open the PDF and copy the licenses you need (everything after the equals sign) for the next task.
  4. Typically you will need:
    1. vCenter Server 6 standard 2 instance license key
    2. vSphere 6 Enteprise Plus
    3. NSX for vSphere (for NSX Classes)
    4. Other licenses depending on class (ask instructor if you're not sure)

Install Licenses

  1. Open the vSphere Web client and log in
  2. Go to Administration>Licenses
  3. Click on the Licenses Tab
  4. Click on the green plus sign
  5. Copy licenses from file in previous task, 1 per line remove everything up to and including the equals (=) sign
  6. Click on Next
  7. Name the licenses, I recommend using your name and the product, to prevent confusion if it's a shared lab.
  8. Click on Next
  9. Click Finish

Assign Licenses to vCenter, Hosts, and Solutions

(Most lab kits no longer require this step for vCenter or Hosts)

  1. Go to the Assets Tab
  2. Click on vCenter Server systems
  3. Highlight each license that is expired, and click on the blue arror
  4. Select a new license key
  5. Go to the Hosts and Solutions Tab (for NSX) and assign the licenses in a similar fashion.

Reconnect ESXi hosts

If you had to install licenses for vCenter or ESXi, it is possible that your ESXi hosts have disconnected. This will create issues for future labs, so verify that they are connected.

  1. Go to Home
  2. Select Hosts and Clusters
  3. Select your vCenter server in the left pane
  4. Click on Hosts and Clusters tab
  5. Use the shift key to select all of the hosts
  6. Click on the select botton on the top of the table
  7. Select Yes
install_vmware_licenses.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/25 15:40 by brandon