I have received questions from a number of people around the whole licensing changes and improvements which took place in the vROps 6.0, so i thought it will be helpful just to a write a short post about it.
What Has Changed
there are a lot of changes under the licensing , for example – vCenter Server is not the License Manager anymore, but rather vRealize Operations Manager.
Another improvement with major implication is that now you can have more than one license key can govern a combined behavior.
Evaluation Mode vs. Temporary License Key vs. Permanent License Key
- All you can eat — unlimited VMs, unrestricted feature set.
- Limited Time — 60 days from install (powered-off time is counted).
- Keyless and available out-of-the-box.
- Destroyed when you enter a key or when evaluation expires.
- You can NEVER get back to Evaluation mode.
Temporary License Key
- Expires on a fixed UTC date.
- Usually has limited capacity.
- Unlimited capacity, temporary keys can also be generated.
- Usually requested by customer to extend their POC/evaluation.
Permanent License Key
- Permanent License Key
- This would be the kind of license key customers pay VMware for.
- Almost always with limited license capacity.
- Almost never an unlimited permanent license key.
That’s all for now folks!