Today we’ll look at the new licensing workflows in VCF 5.0. If you’ve already had experience with older versions of VCF, you’ll know that the licensing can be a bit fiddly. The SDDC manager doesn’t manage this process end to end, so you end up adding the license keys to SDDC Manager, then manually to your products like vCenter/NSX.
This has been greatly improved in VCF 5, there is now a new workflow that will push the license keys to vCenter/NSX and allocate them to your hosts.
Let’s get into it.
Browse to your domains, select ACTIONS and Update Licenses:
Select the components you want to update:
Select the License Key for each Component – These must be entered into the SDDC Manager prior to starting this workflow:
Click through to finish, and you’ll see the task start in SDDC Manager:
That’s it! No more logging into vCenter to re-add the same keys again, and assign to your products. Much easier!