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  • 1.  Essentials License - add more than 3 hosts temporarily

    Posted Apr 05, 2019 09:51 AM

    Due to hardware upgrade I would like to temporarily add more than 3 hosts to an Essentials vCenter, is this possible at all or will it refuse? The add host button is not grayed out anyway...

    If not possible, what happens if I add an Enterprise ESXi license to the Essentials vCenter and then want to downgrade to Esssentials? Except loss of licensed features, would this work/be allowed?

    TIA



  • 2.  RE: Essentials License - add more than 3 hosts temporarily

    Posted Apr 05, 2019 11:11 AM

    It is not possible to add more then 3 Hosts per vCenter. But you could do that if you have a not used Enterprise License lying around.



  • 3.  RE: Essentials License - add more than 3 hosts temporarily
    Best Answer

    Posted Apr 05, 2019 11:44 AM

    ..what happens if I add an Enterprise ESXi license to the Essentials vCenter and then want to downgrade to Esssentials..

    It will technicly wont work. A vCenter essentials refused to add non essentials esxi or hosts in eval mode.  The same is true for a vCenter Standard/Foundation which refuse to manage a Essentials ESXi.

    Regards

    Joerg



  • 4.  RE: Essentials License - add more than 3 hosts temporarily

    Posted Apr 05, 2019 11:56 AM

    If you change the vCenter License first, then connect to the host and change the licenses there, you are able to reconnect them.
    After the migration of the workloads, you change the license of the new host to Essential, and then the vCenter back to it's old license.

    But please make sure that you have the right amount of licenses in you my.vmware.com account.



  • 5.  RE: Essentials License - add more than 3 hosts temporarily

    Posted Apr 08, 2019 02:35 PM

    Thanks for your input guys, I will attempt to temporarily re-license vCenter and then downgrade again when done.