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How to Update an Expired vCenter Server License

Sometimes we are in a hurry when installing a vSphere environment and forget little things like entering license keys, especially the vCenter license key.   Remember, the vCenter license that comes with VMware vSphere, the vCenter Server evaluation license, lasts 60 days, as do the other VMware evaluation licenses.  This means your vCenter server license …

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How to Update a VMware License in the vSphere Client 6.7 U1

One of the most important parts of a new VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 deployment is updating your VMware license.  This should be a part of any validation plan you perform before the environment goes live.  Unfortunately, I did not listen to my own advice, and when I logged into my VMware vSphere Client, I saw …

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What Is VMware Tools, and Why Is It Needed?

If you have worked with virtual machines, then you are familiar with the VMware icon that lives in your system tray. That little icon represents something called VMware tools. VMware tools can be downloaded from VMware’s website, or they may already reside on your VMware vSphere ESXi host, depending on which ISO you used to …

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The Amazing Power of vSphere Tags is Right Here

When it comes to managing a VMware vSphere inventory, things can get crazy.  Being able to determine what a virtual machine or other vSphere object actually does can be influence by any number of things from the naming convention in place, to who worked in the environment before you. The VMware tag feature built into …

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