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vSphere Licensing Portal

May 21, 2009

At the moment, VMware are still resolving license portals to allow you to downgrade your vSphere licenses to ESX 3.5 version licences.

You can see the Downgrade Licenses button available.

The licensing portal gives you access to a useful FAQ (see below)

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VMware vSphere Licensing FAQs

How does switching VMware vSphere licensing to one processor affect my existing licenses?

The existing two-processor licenses will be upgraded to single 2 x 1 processor licenses. This would mean that if you had bought six (two-processor) licenses of VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 Enterprise, these would be entitled to 12 single processor licenses in the one processor license scheme.

What is the change in the license management in VMware vSphere?

The license management has been simplified starting with VMware vSphere 4. Each VMware vSphere host will be assigned only one license key for the entire "bundle" (e.g. VMware vSphere Enterprise) rather than a separate license for each feature. The same license key can be shared by many VMware vSphere hosts, subject to the key’s maximum CPU count.

How does the new centralized license key management ease license administration?

The new centralized license key management introduces administration of licenses as a native feature starting with VMware vCenter 4, and no separate license server is required to manage and monitor the software. VMware vCenter can be used to assign license keys to VMware vSphere (VMware ESX) hosts via a simple UI. This also enables easy monitoring of license state and compliance.

Are there any changes to VMware vCenter Server 4 licensing?

No, VMware vCenter Server continues to be licensed on a per-instance basis. One VMware vCenter Server instance is required for a complete VMware vSphere deployment.

Will the a-la-carte offerings still be available?

Most of the a-la-carte offerings, such as VMotion, Storage VMotion, High Availability, and Distributed Resource Scheduler with Dynamic Power Management, are available only as part of the vSphere editions. In order to receive new functionality (such as Fault Tolerance, VMSafe, vShield Zones, Distributed Switch, Host Profiles, Thin Provisioning, and Data Recovery) you will need to upgrade to the edition with that functionality. VMware Data Recovery is available for standalone sale in conjunction with vSphere Standard only. Please contact VMware sales for details.

How do I upgrade the existing VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 licenses to VMware vSphere 4?

As a VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 customer with an active Support and Subscription (SnS) contract, you will automatically get VMware vSphere 4 licenses at product general availability. Visit the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center for more information about upgrading to VMware vSphere 4. Use the Licensing Troubleshooting Guide if you need help determining if you SnS contract is active.

What steps should I take to ensure a smooth upgrade from VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 licenses to VMware vSphere 4?

Before installing VMware vSphere 4, please visit the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center where you will find step-by-step upgrade instructions, additional help with licensing, and information about new VMware vSphere 4 features.

What is the entitlement and upgrade process from VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 to VMware vSphere 4?

Detailed information is available at the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center.

What is the product entitlement when upgrading from VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 to VSphere 4 under valid subscription?

See Entitlement Mapping at the VMware vSphere Upgrade Center to learn how your VMware Infrastructure 3.x licenses will be mapped to VMware vSphere 4.

Will I forfeit the VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 licenses after I upgrade to VMware vSphere 4?

No, VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 licenses will not be "traded in" or deactivated. Customers will retain licenses for both versions but must not deploy licenses in excess of their entitlement.

Do I need to request VMware vSphere 4 upgrade to receive the licenses?

No, assuming your Support and Subscription (SnS) contract is current as of 22 May 2009, no action is required on your part. Vmware vSphere keys will be automatically delivered and available in the vSphere Licensing Portal. Use the Licensing Troubleshooting Guide if you need help determining if you SnS contract is active.

How can I obtain new Virtual Infrastructure 3 licenses after VMware vSphere 4 general availability?

After the VMware vSphere 4 general availability, VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 SKUs will no longer be available as part of the pricelist. You may, however, downgrade your VMware vSphere 4 licenses in the license portal. (See the downgrading instructions in the Licensing Troubleshooting Guide for assistance downgrading your licenses.)

Will I receive new VMware vSphere 4 licenses for my VMware View products?

No, VMware View 3x is not yet compatible with VMware vSphere 4. See the Software Compatibility Matrix to learn when other VMware products can be used with VMware vSphere 4.

You can continue to access your VMware View 3x licenses in the VI3 license portal.

Does the vSphere 4 upgrade affect the licenses for VMware vCenter virtualization management products?

No, the VMware vCenter virtualization management products (e.g. Site Recovery Manager, Lab Manager, etc) are not affected by this release. You can continue to access the licenses of your current vCenter virtualization management products in the VI3 License Portal. Please be sure to ascertain product compatibility before deploying any other VMware products with vSphere 4. See the Software Compatibility Matrix for more information.

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