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  • 1.  License for ESXi did not work ???

    Posted Jun 02, 2023 05:20 PM

    I am trying to license a standalone ESXi instance for ESXi 7.0 Standard. We purchased 

    License key(s) for VMware vSphere 8 Standard for 1 processor (VS8-STD-C)

    and downgraded to 7. Yet, when trying to apply that license, I get "Please provide a valid license key".

    What am I doing wrong??? Do I need a different license?



  • 2.  RE: License for ESXi did not work ???

    Posted Jun 02, 2023 05:46 PM

    How you down grade from 8 to 7

    you can remove or edit license.cfg file 

    1. Login to the HOST via SSH or Shell
    2. Remove /etc/vmware/license.cfg
    3. Copy /etc/vmware/.#license.cfg to /etc/vmware/license.cfg
    4. Restart the vpxa service

    Or simply copy the code below and paste it into your SSH session.

    rm -r /etc/vmware/license.cfg
    cp /etc/vmware/.#license.cfg /etc/vmware/license.cfg
    /etc/init.d/vpxa restart



  • 3.  RE: License for ESXi did not work ???

    Posted Jun 02, 2023 05:50 PM

    Did you downgrade the ESXi license to a v7.x license in your Customer Connect portal, and can you confirm that the new license key has sufficient capacity to cover the number of sockets in the ESXi 7.0 host?

    André



  • 4.  RE: License for ESXi did not work ???

    Posted Jun 02, 2023 06:21 PM

    And it's resolved now

    Just took time to do the actual downgrade.

    I did not pay attention that it said - downgrade in progress.

    So, eventually it issued a new license key, and that one worked absolutely fine.