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Not Enough Licenses error when using SMP or SAN on VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter Edition

Details

  • If you configure a virtual machine on VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter edition to use SMP, you see the error:

    Not enough licenses
  • Adding a virtual hard disk on SAN fails
  • You see the error:

    There are not enough licenses installed to perform the operation.

    Note: U
    sing a local disk to add the virtual hard disk is successful.
     
  • If you try to start a virtual machine with a virtual hard disk on SAN through command line, you see the error:

    VMControl error -999: Unknown error: SoapError: ServerFaultCode(1515) : (There are not enough licenses installed to perform the operation.)

Solution

SMP is not a licensed feature of VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter edition.
 
Set the number of processors to 1 in the virtual machine. For more information on how to set the CPU Affinity of a virtual machine,
 
If you want to use SAN for adding virtual hard disks, change the license for the ESX host from Starter edition to Standard edition.

Based on VMware KB 1001058

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