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Licensing VMware View 4.x, 5.x and 6.x (2014297)

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This article provides steps to license VMware View 4.x, 5.x and 6.x.


VMware View 4.x  5.x and 6.x enable you to decouple a desktop from physical devices or locations and deliver the desktop as a managed service from a centralized location. 
VMware View 4.x, 5.x and 6.x  consist of two components: vSphere for Desktop and VMware View Add-On.

vSphere for Desktop

This component licenses your ESX/ESXi  hosts.
To license your ESX/ESXi  host:
  1. Log in to the ESX host using vSphere Client.
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Click Licensed Features under Software.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Select Assign a new license key to this host.
  6. Press Enter.
  7. Enter the vSphere for Desktop license key.
  8. Click OK.
Note: The vCenter Server included with the View bundle is restricted to managing desktop virtual machines. The only exception to this rule are the virtual machines running the components of the virtual desktop infrastructure, such as View Manager, vCenter Server, another Connection Broker, and/or any management and performance monitoring tools used solely for vSphere hosted desktop virtual machine(s).

VMware View Add-On

This component activates the Add-On components in VMware, such as View Composer, Offline Desktop, and View Manager.
To activate Add-On components:
  1. Launch View Manager .
  2. Click the Configuration tab.
  3. Click Edit License and add the license key for the VMware View Add-On component.
  4. Click OK.
  • View bundles and a la carte VMware View Manager are licensed per concurrent connection. The software does not perform a check to assess the type or number of workloads on a vSphere host, but the End User License Agreement (EULA) requires that you do not exceed the number of powered on desktop virtual machines purchased. For more information, see the EULA.
  • Virtual machines that are deployed in Local Mode are counted as a concurrent connection and count towards the total number of concurrent connections owned by you.
  • VMware View Manager 4.5  and 5.x works with vSphere 4.1 and also on older versions of vSphere, including VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Update 4, vSphere 4 and vSphere 4 Update 1.
  • View Manager 4.5 works with any vSphere edition, including Enterprise plus, Enterprise, Standard, and Advanced. Additionally, View Manager works with Essentials and Essentials Plus, but customers may not exceed the restrictions on number of hosts associated with those vSphere packages.
  • View 3.0, View 4.0, and View 4.0.1 currently do not work with vSphere 4.1.
  • vShield Endpoint works with View 4.5, 5.x and vSphere 4.1, but is not supported by older versions of View or vSphere.

Additional Information

For frequently asked questions about VMware View licensing, see FAQ: VMware View 4.5 new features and licensing information (1027460).

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