I need to remove/unassign a paid license from an ESXi host (6.5) that is not anymore used.

As this host became unresponsive, the hosting company removed it completely, and I cannot access to the ESXi host anymore to "safely and correctly" removing the license, and put back a demo license.

How can I remove this unused licensed from this unavailable/down/deleted ESXi host, if this host is shut down/gone forever ?

Thank you


There is no way to remove the license from non-operational host. Simply apply this license to your new ESXi host and leave in peace :)

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    So, if i understand well, as long as an host is non-operational, it does not "count" as the total of allowed licenses ? Aug 4 '17 at 0:23
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    Correct. As soon as old host is not present in your current vSphere cluster, you are OK.
    – Strepsils
    Aug 4 '17 at 17:26
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    Thanks ! I assume that this "vSphere cluster" is only a virtual concept @ VMWare, and that they regularly "check" for "how many" hosts are using the same license ? Aug 6 '17 at 1:27

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