Recorded: July 29, 2008
Your Host: Keith Albright and Steven Murawski
Show Length: 49:13

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  1. 1
    Petri Lopia
    August 12th, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Has somebody got that vmware esxi server really work?
    I downloaded it and installed it but it doesn’t let me do any virtual machines.

    It just keep saying me like this when I try to start my virtual machine:

    This product has expired.
    Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly.
    There is a more recent version available at the VMware Web site: “”.

  2. 2
    August 12th, 2008 at 8:08 am


    I haven’t loaded it yet. I am waiting for some decent hardware to come available. Did you obtain a registration license key? I know with the VMWare Server on Windows, you obtained a key through their website at no cost to activate the server. It looks like you should have received a key when you downloaded it. The ESXi site ( indicates:

    * The license key issued using the Free Download flow cannot be registered on the VMware License Portal.

    * This license key is only valid for VMware ESXi 3.5 Update 2 and later.

    So, it looks like you might have to enter a key in the software. I hope that helps.

  3. 3
    Petri Lopia
    August 12th, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Thanks Keith,

    I have:
    “VMware ESXi Update 2 License xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx
    This license key is only valid for VMware ESXi 3.5 Update 2 and later”

    But my install never asked that key and I have no idea where to put it.

  4. 4
    August 12th, 2008 at 9:17 am


    Since I don’t have it installed, I can only go by the manual. It indicates you didn’t need to enter a key during install, but will not allow you to start any VM’s. To enter a key post-install, go to Options –> Licensing and Serial Numbers in the VMWare Management Interface. It should show you that there are no keys installed and allow you to enter the key you have to activate.

    It may require a reboot if the new key changes the max number of processors licensed.

    I hope that helps. Let me know.

  5. 5
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Just found a NetworkWorld article that ESXi Update 2 has a licensing bug that causes this problem as well. Apparently lots of people are affected. Prevents new VM’s from starting, but currently running VM’s should be fine. They indicate you can roll-back the system date and can start VM’s.

  6. 6
    Petri Lopia
    August 13th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Here is something what you can do too if you have this same problem:

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