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VSA Licensing Explained

There have been a number of queries recently in relation to licensing of the VSA with the 5.1 release. The VSA has a number of different licensing models depending on how it was obtained. In many cases, if you check your vSphere licenses via the vCenter License Administration view, you might observe that the VSA asset is reported as not licensed, in evaluation or expired.

So where do you check if you have a valid license for the VSA?As per KB article 2040217, the fact that the license is not reported in the ‘Manage vSphere Licenses’ in vCenter is a known issue and is cosmetic. This can be safely ignored if a valid license entitling the user to use the vSphere Storage Appliance is applied.

To verify the license that VSA is actually using, click on the ‘about‘ dialog in VSA manager. This is located in the lower right hand corner of the VSA Manager view, and is a link detailing the VSA version (vSphere Storage Appliance as shown below). Click on it, and it will bring up details of the VSA, including the licensing details, shown here:

As you can see, this VSA is licensed for Essentials Plus. Therefore, you should base your VSA licensing on what the VSA Manager tells you and not what vCenter tells you.

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Cormac Hogan

About Cormac Hogan

Cormac Hogan is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability Business Unit (SABU) at VMware. He has been with VMware since April 2005 and has previously held roles in VMware’s Technical Marketing and Technical Support organizations. He has written a number of storage related white papers and have given numerous presentations on storage best practices and vSphere storage features. He is also the co-author of the “Essential Virtual SAN” book published by VMware Press.

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