Downgrading an SDDC's HCX License

Learn how to downgrade the SDDC's HCX license from Enterprise to Advanced.

Downgrading your SDDC's HCX license to Advanced decreases the number of on-premises connection keys issued from 10 to 3.

  • SDDCs that use standard shapes already include the Enterprise license at no cost. Downgrade to Advanced license is not supported for standard shape SDDCs.
  • You must specify 3 license keys to retain after the downgrade. The downgrade request remains in a pending state until the HCX Monthly Billing Cycle End Date. You can cancel the downgrade request as long as it is still in a pending state, See Canceling an HCX License Downgrade.

For more information, see HCX License Types.

    1. Open the navigation menu, click Hybrid, and then click VMware Solution.
    2. Click the name of the SDDC you want to downgrade. If you don’t see the SDDC listed, ensure that the correct compartment is selected.
    3. Click the Change link to the right of HCX license type.
    4. Select I consent to downgrade to the Advanced license(No Additional Cost)
    5. Select 3 license keys to remain active after Enterprise features end.
    6. Click Save changes.

      The downgrade request remains in a PENDING state until the HCX Monthly Billing Cycle End Date. A notification appears on the SDDC Details page that shows the date that Enterprise features end. To cancel the pending downgrade, click Cancel downgrade to the right of the notification.
  • Use the sddc downgrade-hcx command and required parameters to downgrade the SDDC's HCX license:
    oci ocvs sddc downgrade-hcx [OPTIONS]

    Specify the HCX on-premise license keys to be reserved when downgrading from HCX Enterprise to HCX Advanced. This is a complex type whose value must be valid JSON. The value can be provided as a string on the command line or passed in as a file using the file://path/to/file syntax.

    The --generate-param-json-input option can be used to generate an example of the JSON which must be provided. We recommend storing this example in a file, modifying it as needed and then passing it back in via the file:// syntax. For example:

    oci ocvs sddc downgrade-hcx --reserving-hcx-on-premise-license-keys 
    file://reserving-hcx-on-premise-license-keys.json --sddc-id sddc_OCID

    For a complete list of flags and variable options for CLI commands, see the CLI Command Reference.

  • Run the DowngradeHcx operation to downgrade the HCX license from Enterprise (Billed Upgrade) to Advanced (No Additional Cost).