VMware lab - Reset trials vCenter & ESXi

Just a very simple way to reset the 60-day eval licenses for a VMware home lab.

On the ESXi hosts
1) Open a shell to each host
2) Delete /etc/vmware/vmware.lic & license.cfg
3) restart services

For vCenter
1) Create a DSN to your local SQL Express instance that holds your vCenter DB.
2) Uninstall virtual center
3) Re-install virtual center and point to your DSN making sure not to overwrite.

With this method, I have been able to refresh my 4.1 and 5.0 hosts.  Have not confirmed if this works for 5.1 first.


Big thanks to this blog author

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