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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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VMware: Microsoft Finally Recognizes the Importance of Desktop Virtualization with VECD Licensing Change

March 26th, 2010 No comments

At long last, Microsoft publicly recognizes a shift in IT computing trends as indicated in their recent announcements around desktop virtualization and their changes to VECD licensing to support the adoption of virtual desktop environments.  By loosening up the restrictive desktop virtualization license policy (VECD), Microsoft has finally bowed to intensive customer pressure.  This validates the acceleration in demand in the desktop virtualization industry that VMware helped start and continues to lead.  Microsoft’s move here is extremely positive for the industry.

This decrease in Microsoft licensing costs will decrease the overall CAPEX cost, thus building a better business case for VMware View.  Starting July 1, 2010, VECD is going away for customers with Software Assurance (SA) and for those without SA, Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is available for purchase to allow for VDI environments.  Here are the details:

  • PCs covered under SA will no longer need a separate VECD license, instead this usage right will be included in SA thus eliminating the separate $23 per device fee.
  • PCs not covered under SA, thin clients or other clients that cannot run a full Windows OS, customers can purchase VDA for $100 per device/year, a $10 decrease from the previous VECD license price.
  • Roaming use rights allows users to be able to access their virtual desktops from secondary devices like home PCS, kiosks and internet cafes without additional licensing costs.
Source: VMware