How to reset the ESXi eval License

There is the odd time where you need to reset the 60day trial of ESXi – this guide will explain how

Note this is not for production environments, nor intended to provide an everlasting version of ESXi. Either use the free ESXi version, or licence it for long term.

1. Log into the host via SSH

2. Delete /etc/vmware/license.cfg

 rm -r /etc/vmware/license.cfg 

3. Copy etc/vmware/.#license.cfg to /etc/vmware/license.cfg

 cp /etc/vmware/.#license.cfg /etc/vmware/license.cfg 

4. restart VPXA

 /etc/init.d/vpxa restart

You should then see in the host web client, the trial is valid for another 60 days. Hopefully this helps out in a pinch.

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