What happens when VMware evaluation expired?

For ESXi hosts, license or evaluation period expiry leads to disconnecting the hosts from vCenter Server. All powered-on virtual machines continue to work, but you cannot power on virtual machine once they are powered-off. You cannot use the features that remained unused while the host was in evaluation mode.

What is the default evaluation period for vSphere?

60 days
The evaluation period is 60 days and begins when you turn on the ESXi host. At any time during the 60-day evaluation period, you can convert from licensed mode to evaluation mode.

How long is VMware evaluation license?

30 days
The evaluation license is a fully functional version of a standard product license, except that it generally expires in 30 days.

How do I extend my VMware evaluation license?

This guide will give you the steps needed to reset the license file so that you can apply the evaluation license back to your ESXi host….x 60 day evaluation license:

  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.

What happens if you don’t renew VMware license?

Pulled directly from VMware. Upon license expiration, the vCenter Server software and the ESX/ESXi software continue to run, but certain operations stop working. If a vCenter Server license expires, the managed hosts become disconnected from the vCenter Server inventory, and you cannot add hosts to the inventory.

What happens when ESXi host certificate expires?

Note: If the Esxi host certificate is already expired, you can simply disconnect and remove the host from inventory, then reconnect it. vCenter Server will renew the certificate of a host added to inventory if the certificate is expired.

How do I get my ESXi evaluation license?

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  1. From the vSphere Client connected to a vCenter Server, select the host in the inventory.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Under Software, click Licensed Features.
  4. Click Edit next to ESX Server License Type.
  5. Click Product Evaluation.
  6. Click OK to save your changes.

How do I remove vCenter evaluation license?


  1. Click Menu > Administration.
  2. Expand Licensing and click Licenses.
  3. Select the Licenses tab.
  4. Use the filters to display only the unassigned licenses. Client. Options.
  5. Select a license to remove or press Ctrl+A to select all licenses.
  6. Click Remove Licenses, review the confirmation message, and click Yes.

What happens when ESXi host license expired?

If an ESX/ESXi host license expires, the virtual machines that reside on the host continue to run, but you cannot power on the virtual machines or reset them.

What happens when vSAN license expires?

When the license or the evaluation period of a vSAN expires, you can continue to use the currently configured vSAN resources and features. However, you cannot add SSD or HDD capacity to an existing disk group or create new disk groups.

How long does vSphere license last?

Say goodbye to adding hosts to your inventory. If your ESXi host licenses are also expired, then you will really be in trouble. Remember, the vCenter evaluation license and the VMware ESXi evaluation license only last 60 days.