Reset ESX trail license!

Posted by robd on February 13, 2012

So I have a test ESX 4.1.0 server that I use for all sorts of test servers and what not!

As its a test server that I wont be keeping forever I’m using the trail version of ESX (there’s a few reasons I’m not using esxi but I cant be arsed to get into it!)… So every now and again I need to extend the license for ESX and here’s how I do it:

Log onto the ESX console as root

Go to:  cd /etc/vmware
Then Delete vmware.lic and license.cfg with the following commands:
rm -r vmware.lic
rm -r license.cfg

Reboot the server with the following command:


And thats it!!

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