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  • 1.  Downgrade now, then upgrade vSphere licences later

    Posted Sep 07, 2023 02:55 PM

    Hi,

     

    We have recently bought a bunch of vSphere 8 ROBO licences along with a vCenter v8.0 licence. We have a few hosts which can support vSphere v8.0, but most can't (they can only support v7.0) and are planning to replace those on v7.0 throughout the coming year.

    My question is, that if we downgrade the vSphere licences to v7.0, can we later upgrade them back to v8.0 if we're still in support? So downgrade the right number for compliance on those servers which are not able to support v8.0, then when they're replaced, re-use the licence, upgrading to v8.0.

    I can see in Licence Management portal we can downgrade, but was unsure what we can do later as per our plan above.

    Many thanks,

    Steve



  • 2.  RE: Downgrade now, then upgrade vSphere licences later

    Posted Sep 07, 2023 03:40 PM

    Hello.
    You should have no problem upgrading your licenses back from 7 to 8, but just in case I would take a screenshot of your current version 8 licenses. Make sure you do this during the term of your subscription and support contract.

     



  • 3.  RE: Downgrade now, then upgrade vSphere licences later

    Posted Sep 08, 2023 02:28 PM

    Hi,

     

    Many thanks for the response - it makes sense and i'll take a copy of the licences as you suggest.

     

    Regards,

     

    Steve