Virtualization Manager Licensing Model
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is licensed according to the number of CPU sockets per monitored host. When you monitor a virtual host, VMAN collects metrics and data for all children VMs. If you try to monitor more sockets than your license allows, you will not be able to add more data sources or apply VMAN upgrades.
SolarWinds Platform products support both perpetual licenses and subscription licenses. See License types in the SolarWinds Platform documentation for details.
VMAN is available in the following license sizes:
Get your license key
You can get your license key through the Customer Portal.
- Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
- Select Licenses > Manage Licenses.
- Locate an unregistered Virtualization Manager activation key. Make note of the license key.
Use license key to Activate VMAN in the SolarWinds Platform
- Log into the Orion Web Console.
- Click Settings > All Settings, and click License Manager.
- In the License Manager, click Add/Upgrade License.
- Enter the Activation Key and Registration Information for the VMAN license, and click Activate.
Exclude hosts from monitoring
If there are not enough SolarWinds Virtualization Manager licenses to cover every powered on virtual machine managed by a vCenter server, change the access permissions of the vCenter user account to limit what it can access.
Restricting the virtual machines accessible by the user account reduces the number of virtual machines or sockets SolarWinds Virtualization Manager can collect data from. This way you can control which virtual machines are being monitored.
You can control access permissions in the VMware client by assigning the No Access role to the vCenter account for the hosts and virtual machines you want to restrict.