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Not for Resale (NFR) licenses (1012581)

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This article provides information about the Not for Resale (NFR) licenses.


Partner NFR Benefits Eligibility

NFR software is available to partners in good standing for product demonstration and training purposes only. One year of subscription services is included with NFR software as long as the partner remains in good standing within the parameters of the VMware Partner Program. Under no circumstances may these NFR software copies be copied, resold, hosted or distributed to any third party or used for partner information processing or computing needs.   

These partners of the VMware Partner Network are eligible for NFR licenses:
  • Corporate Resellers
  • Distributors
  • OEMs 

    Note: OEMs can obtain NFRs by directly contacting their VMware Account Manager.

  • Global System Integrators and Outsourcers
  • Service Providers
  • Solution Providers
  • Technology Alliance Partners (TAP)

    Note: See the TAP Program Guide on Partner Central for TAP specific NFR entitlements. 

  • Training Centers

License Delivery

Licenses provided as part of the NFR offering are delivered to the License Administrator (as identified by the company in Partner Central) via Electronic Software Distribution (ESD) only.

NFR licenses are proactively delivered by VMware to the headquarter location through an automated system upon attainment of:

  • Membership Progression (Registered to Professional or Professional to Enterprise)

    NFR software is automatically sent to partners at their headquarter location as they progress to the next level (for example, Registered to Professional or Professional to Enterprise). All other locations for Professional and Enterprise partners can request their NFR entitlements through Partner Central.

  • Premier status attainment

    NFR software is automatically sent to Premier partners at headquarter locations where maximum entitlements were not received (at the Enterprise level). This applies to these VMware partner programs: Corporate Reseller; Service Provider; Solution Provider; System Builder; Technology Provider.

  • New Product Release

    NFR software for eligible new products (as defined by VMware) is pushed to partners upon product release to the headquarter location. All other locations can request NFRs through Partner Central.

Updating the NFR License Administrator

Licenses provided as part of the NFR offering are delivered to the license administrator identified in Partner Central. In cases where there is no license administrator on file, VMware sends the NFR licenses directly to the primary contact.
To update or modify License Administrator contact information in Partner Central:
  1. Log in to Partner Central.
  2. Click Contact Us.
  3. Click Submit a Case Now.
  4. In the Description field, indicte that you want to update the License Administrator, and provide the NFR contract or order number.
  5. Click Submit.

See Also

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


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