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  • 1.  License Downgrade

    Posted Sep 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    Hello All,

    I am trying to downgrade my VSphere 5 Enterprise license key to Essentials Plus in my VCenter. I have purchase all the necessary license keys but when I attempt to apply them, I receive the following mesage.

    "The host is licensed with VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus. The license edition of vCenter Server does not support VMware vSphere5 Essentials Plus."

    Do I need to downgrade the vCenter first ? If so, how can I do this ?



  • 2.  RE: License Downgrade
    Best Answer

    Posted Sep 24, 2012 01:28 PM

    Hi  glfadmin,

    Welcome to the communities.

    You may deactivate existing license then reactive it with new key.

    "concentrate the mind on the present moment."

  • 3.  RE: License Downgrade

    Posted Sep 24, 2012 01:37 PM

    Which version of vSphere/ESXi do you use? Do you use the vSphere Client for Windows or the Web Client?

    I assume you already entered the license key for vCenter Server for Essentials as well as the CPU license key!?


  • 4.  RE: License Downgrade

    Posted Sep 24, 2012 01:47 PM


    I am using vSphere 5.0 with update 1.

    I have not yet entereted the vCenter license key, I think this is my trouble. Where can I enter this ?

    Thanks for the replies.

  • 5.  RE: License Downgrade

    Posted Sep 24, 2012 01:55 PM

    Logon to the vCenter Server using the vSphere Client, then click "Home" followed by "Licensing". In the upper right corner you will find a link to "Manage vSphere Licenses ..." which opens a wizard to enter and assign licenses to vCenter Server as well as the hosts.


  • 6.  RE: License Downgrade

    Posted Sep 24, 2012 02:49 PM

    Perfect - Thanks Andre