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VMware vSphere Storage Appliance Manager installation does not accept a valid license (2006082)


  • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) Manager installation does not accept a valid license
  • During VSA Manager installation, the wizard does not accept a valid license
  • You see message:

    The license of this vCenter Server instance has either expired or does not include the vSphere Storage Appliance feature. Provide a valid license key to continue with the installation.

  • In the VSAManager.log file, entries similar to the following are observed:

    2013-03-27 07:07:15,818 41 [SanityServices] [pool-3-thread-1] INFO - Starting license enforcement
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,299 119 [SvaLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] INFO - Changing license assignment manager to SOLUTION
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,299 656 [SvaSolutionLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] INFO - Uploading DLFs
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,338 318 [LicenseUtils] [LicenseManager-1] INFO - Uploading license file: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\tomcat\webapps\VSAManager\WEB-INF\classes\licenses\license-vsa-50-e1-t1-201006.txt
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,475 668 [SvaSolutionLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] WARN - Unable to upload license file. File already exists: C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\tomcat\webapps\VSAManager\WEB-INF\classes\licenses\license-vsa-50-e1-t1-201006.txt
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,507 489 [SvaSolutionLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] INFO - Registering VSA License entity with version: 5.0 and expiration date : 2013-01-17
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,571 500 [SvaSolutionLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] WARN - Exception while trying to register VSA license entity. Entity already exists.
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,584 542 [SvaSolutionLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] WARN - Unable to assign evaluation license as it has expired
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,598 80 [SvaLicenseManager] [LicenseManager-1] INFO - VSA is not licensed.
    2013-03-27 07:07:16,654 74 [EventService] [LicenseManager-1] INFO - Event InvalidVSALicense posted successfully

  • This issue occurs when you install VSA Manager as a domain administrator.

Note: If you are experiencing a similar issue but these symptoms do not match your issue exactly, you may have a VSA license that does not match the vCenter Server license. For more information, see VMware vSphere Storage Appliance licensing information (2002309).


VSA 1.0 must be installed as a local administrator, as opposed to domain administrator.

Note: In some cases you may need to right-click and "Run As Administrator" even if the installation account is a member of the Administrators security group.
To install VSA as a local administrator:
  1. In Windows on vCenter Server, go to Add/Remove programs and remove VSA Manager.
  2. Log off as the current user.
  3. Log in as local administrator.
  4. Install VSA Manager.  
If you do not know or cannot use the local administrator account, use this workaround after uninstalling VSA Manager: 
  1. Launch vSphere Client and connect to vCenter Server as the Administrator or using an account that has local administrator account rights.
  2. Click Home.
  3. Click Hosts and clusters.
  4. Click the vCenter Server root level and then click the Permissions tab.
  5. Right-click on an empty area in the right pane and click Add Permission.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Add the user account using which you want to install VSA manager and give the user Administrator privileges in vCenter Server.
  8. Close the vSphere client session.
  9. Install VSA.

Additional Information

For related information, see VMware vSphere Storage Appliance licensing information (2002309).

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Update History

09/15/2011 - Added alternate workaround when the local administrator account cannot be used

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