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Configuring a legacy license server to manage ESX/ESXi 3.x hosts in vCenter Server (1010704)

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This article provides steps for configuring a legacy license server.

If you intend to use one or more ESX/ESXi 3.x hosts in your vSphere environment, you must use a legacy VMware License Server to license those hosts.


You may use an existing legacy VMware License Server or install and configure a new instance of a legacy VMware License Server.

Legacy VMware License Server versions can be downloaded from the VMware download center.

Follow the instructions in the Setting up Centralized Licensing section of the Installation Guide for your legacy product to install and configure the legacy VMware License Server.

Configuring vCenter to Use the Legacy License Server

To configure the legacy VMware License Server information in vCenter Server:

  1. In the vSphere Client, go to Administration > vCenter Server Settings.
  2. Choose Licensing.
  3. In the License Server section, enter the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or the IP address of the legacy VMware License Server.

    Use one of these formats for entering the FQDN/IP address:



    Optionally, specify the port where the legacy VMware License Server is running.

    Note: If you do not specify the port when configuring the legacy VMware License Server, the default port (27000) is entered automatically.

  4. Select Reconfigure ESX 3 hosts using license servers to use this server.

    Note: If you do not select Reconfigure ESX 3 hosts using license servers to use this server, the licensing settings on the ESX host remain unchanged.

  5. Click OK to save your changes.

After configuring vCenter Server, you must license the ESX host using a centralized license file uploaded on a licenses server. For more information on how to upload a centralized license file on a license server, see Installing Licenses for ESX Server 3.x (1001383)


Additional Information

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Update History

07/1/2013 - Removed Resolution Path out of Normalization status. 02/02/2011 - Added note about centralized license files and link to 1001383.

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