About License Key Capacity
Thursday, January 06, 2011
License keys have a certain amount of capacity. For hosts, capacity is based on the number of processors in the
host. For vCenter Server, capacity is based on the number of instances of vCenter Server. However, the licensing
of solutions can be based on processors, asset instances, virtual machines, etc.
Though licensing is applicable to solutions as well as ESX/ESXi hosts and vCenter Server, solutions licensing
management is too variable and, therefore, specific to each solution to be discussed in general terms.
Licensing for Each Processor
You can assign and reassign the processor capacity to any
combination of hosts. For example, suppose you purchase a 10-processor vSphere license key. You can assign
the 10-processor license key to any of the following combinations of hosts:
1. Five 2-processor hosts
2. Three 2-processor hosts and one 4-processor host
3. Two 4-processor hosts and one 2-processor host
4. One 8-processor host and one 2-processor host
IMPORTANT When you purchase a license, you select the edition, the number of CPUs, and the maximum number of cores per CPU. For example, if you purchase an enterprise license with 100 CPUs, you must also choose the maximum number of cores per CPU.
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