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How To Install The License on ESXI 4.1 and 5.0

IT Problem

You are running esxi 4.1 and want to know how and where you install your license key.When you initially download and install esxi you get a temporary license of 60 days, when it expired you will need to install a valid license. This is simple but if you do not know your way around the esxi console then you may struggle to find it.

 IT Solution

Once you have downloaded your copy of esxi you then need to create and account here

once done you will then get access to your license key.

 

Then , login to the esxi console with the vsphere client and select your host.

 

esxi host

esxi host

 

 

Once selected, on the right hand side you will then see the esxi options tabs. Select Configuration.

 

esxi options

esxi options

 

 

Then down the left hand side select licensed Features.

 

vmware licensed features

vmware licensed features

 

On the top right hand side of the screen you will see a small edit option, click it. You will then see the assign license popup screen. Select Assign a new license key to this host and enter your key.

assign vmware license key

assign vmware license key

 

 

Vmware esxi is now licensed.

Tags: esxi

Allen White

Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

Comments (5)

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    ken

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    So I let my trial of ESXi expire (thought I had already applied perm key via vcenter).

    When I try to access the ‘edit’ button referenced above, I get an like this – Call “PropertyCollector.RetrieveContents” for object “ha-property-collector” on ESXi “123.123.123.123” failed. (123’s = the IP address of the ESX host). Any clue how to access the edit page in this situation? No other features / pages seem to be impacted…

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    AT

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    Can you point me to the +1 please?

    I can’t find it

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      admin

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      Hi There, its just aboe your comment ..UNLESS your on chrome, safari or any apple product….google seem to be having problems with compatability at the minute!

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    Aaron Stemen

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    Thank you! I couldn’t figure out how to install the license that VMWare assigned to me, and I didn’t see anything obvious.

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