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VMware: Cannot remove a License Key from VMware vCenter Server

August 23rd, 2014 5 comments

Last week I upgraded a vCenter Server from version 5.1 to 5.5, I also added a 4th hosts to the cluster, so I need to upgrade the host license keys. But after upgrade I couldn’t remove the license files in vCenter Licensing section:

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Solution:

To connect to the ADAM database:

  1. Log in to the vCenter Server.
  2. To open ADSI Edit, click Start > Run, type adsiedit.msc, and press Enter.
  3. Right-click ADSI Edit and click Connect to.
  4. In the Connection point section, click Select or type a Distinguished Name or Naming Context.
  5. Enter dc=virtualcenter, dc=vmware, dc=int
  6. In the Computer section, click Select or type a domain or server: (Server | Domain [:port]).
  7. Enter localhost
  8. Click OK.
  9. Drill down to DC=virtualcenter,DC=vmware,DC=int, OU=Licensing, OU=LicenseEntities.You see the CN="license key" containers.
  10. Right-click the container that shows the the serial number of the key that is negative within the vCenter Server Licensing page.
  11. Click Delete.

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Result:

When you restart he vSphere client and navigate to the Licensing page the old license keys are removed and you can re-assign license keys to the hosts

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More information: VMware

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