Has anyone else upgrade VMware from version 5.1 to 6.0 on a BE6K server? After upgrading the VMware, is shows the license is in "evaluation mode". Since this VMware was installed on the BE6K server, we did not have to register it with VMware and do not appear to have the license key needed to upgrade the license to version 6. Has anyone else encountered this issue, and if so how was it resolved? Or any suggestions on how to proceed with this issue? Thanks.
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The 6.0 versions of vSphere server require new license keys to enable 6.0 functionality. while upgrade if we do not enter the licence key the server goes into the evaluation mode. and vSphere 5.x licenses does not work on vSphere 6.0, hence require new license key.
refer below docs to get the next action plan:
https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2107538#Licensing a Standalone ESXi Host
Your first link the KB article shows the following: The SnS Contract for the product is active, can the license key be upgraded in My VMware Portal? Ver 5.5 to Ver 6 - Yes On the BE6K server, does Cisco register the license key with VMware? And do they have Support Contract? If so, if we have SmartNet with Cisco, can we get the key so we can upgrade on the VMware site?
You can now directly get the license from Cisco Product Upgrade Tool (PUT).
1. Login to https://upgrad.cloudapps.cisco.com/upgrad/jsp/productUpgrade.jsp
2. Put your contract number.
3. Select "Advanced" option and search for "Cisco UC Virt" and you will find an option "Upgrade to 6.0 via SWSS". Order this license. The key will be sent in 48 hours.
This key does not require activation on vmware.com or cisco.com. Upload the license serial number directly to virtualization software.
Sudheer, These part numbers no longer show up in PUT under Guided or Advanced. They only show up in the list of all available part numbers but cannot be ordered from that screen. What is the current, correct process for ordering these now?
R-VS6-FND-K9-UPG= Cisco UC Virt. Foundation Upgrade to 6.0 via SWSS
R-VS6-HYP-K9-UPG= Cisco UC Virt. Hypervisor Upgrade to 6.0 via SWSS
I finally found one place (your reply) that completely answers this question! I successfully followed your process and am now waiting for the license key.
My question is:
From the email I received, I see a quanity of 12, how do I distribute these across my servers? Is it one per server, one per CPU?
We have several supported UCS C Series servers - do I simply install the SAME key on all the servers?
I opened up a TAC case and was informed that the exact same license can be used for each of our B6K UCS C Series servers and it hard coded to a 2CPU. No idea why our original reseller and previous engineers had purchased a count of 12 as we don't have that many B6K.
Hope this helps others that are upgrading to ESXi 6.x
if we've successfully upgraded to version 6. The upgrade PID was R-VS6-HYP-K9-UPG=. Can you please tell me what PID maps to SWSS or ISV1 so that my customer is now supported for version 6? The prior version 5 PID that was covered by SWSS was VMW-VS5-HYP-USEL. Please assist ASAP... Multi-Year SMARTnet renewal lays in the balance! Thank You!