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How to Convert Virtual Center from Evaluation to Licensed Version

or “How to convert virtual centre from evaluation to licenced version”… for us Brits… the “American English” is to help the international Googlers 🙂

I can’t believe I missed this, on a couple of platforms I’ve built I’ve had to start with an eval licence and then move to a proper licence but could never find how to change virtual center from eval to licenced mode.

ESX itself was fine you can do that via the VC GUI (below)


But despite a lot of googling I could never find out how to set Virtual Centre itself to use a licence server – so I ended up reinstalling/repairing and then selecting the option to use a licence server, my bad – it’s actually in the VI client GUI d’oh as Homer would say!

for my own reference, and for anyone else who has missed and is searching for how to convert Virtual Center from evaluation to licensed..


and then configure the setting here to point it at a proper licence server to enable full VC.



4 responses to “How to Convert Virtual Center from Evaluation to Licensed Version

  1. Malik September 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Thanks buddy!!
    googling this query didnt help, after a long struggle i was able to fetch this article , it was real helpful

  2. BD October 16, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for this, I was pulling my hair out trying to find this as well!

  3. Daz February 26, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Thanks for your posting… Doh for me too !


  4. Andy April 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for your post. Sorted out my problem.

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