License error connecting ESXi server to vCenter
Yesterday I was connecting up an ESXi Virtual Host which has been running in standalone mode for a while to vCenter. The host has recently been upgraded to a VSphere 4 Essentials Plus License.
When trying to setup the connection so the host could be managed by the vCenter server I received the following error message:
1License not available to perform the operation. 2 3The vSphere 4 Essentials Plus license For Host myhostname does not include VMotion. Upgrade the license.
This was a bit perplexing, as I don’t need vMotion on this setup and didn’t think it was necessary to have it installed.
The solution came with a bit of help from a page on the Dutch VMWare Users Group site, helpfully translated with Google:
- Open vSphere Client and connect to the virtual host.
- Go to the “configuration” tab for the host and choose “Networking” from the left hand side of the tab.
- Select the vSwitch with the VMkernel Port (usually vSwitch0) and click on Properties.
- In the vSwitch properties window select the Management Network and click on Edit.
- On the “General” tab of the Management Network window, untick the “VMotion” checkbox.
- OK everything and try to link to the vCenter server again.