Reset ESXi Evaluation License

With a VMware ESXi Evaluation license you are able to test all features which are also included in the Enterprise Plus license (vMotion, HA, DRS, etc.) for 60 days.

Sometimes 60 days are not enough, e.g. for migration to new hardware or longer test scenarios. For this purpose there is the possibility to reset the evaluation license:

ATTENTION: The evaluation license is not intended for productive use. Please refer to the license terms of VMware ESXi.

  1. Start the SSH service on the ESXi host
  2. Start a SSH connection with a SSH client (e.g. PuTTY)
  3. Delete the current license:
    rm -r /etc/vmware/license.cfg
  4. Copy the new license:
    cp /etc/vmware/.#license.cfg /etc/vmware/license.cfg
  5. Restart the VPXA service:
    /etc/init.d/vpxa restart
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1 year ago

Works, thanks!

warp man
warp man
1 year ago

i would have to say, vmware is warped AF in their licensing.

1 year ago

This actually worked for an older v6.7.x Server! Thank you!

Some user
Some user
4 months ago

anything like this for vCenter?