VDP Core Services do not start 30 days after deployment
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VDP Core Services do not start 30 days after deployment


Article ID: 326939


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VMware vSphere ESXi


  • vSphere Data Protection(VDP) core services refuse to start even after a reboot
  • 30 days have passed since the VDP appliance deployment
  • In the dpnctl.log file, you see entries similar to:

    (0.0) 2012/12/28-07:27:51.91800 {0.0} [licensevalidator:114] ERROR: <0948> license grace period expired 10 days ago (Mon Dec 17 19:47:16 2012)
    (0.0) 2012/12/28-07:27:51.91809 {0.0} [licensevalidator:114] FATAL ERROR: <0001> licensevalidator::body no valid license found


    Note: This log excerpt is an example. Date, time, and environmental variables may vary depending on your environment.


VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.x


This issue is caused when the ESXi host on which the VDP appliance resides is not licensed with the correct license version.

VDP requires an Essentials Plus or later license. If the VDP appliance is placed on a host with a license not equivalent to or higher than Essentials Plus, the VDP appliance defaults to the 30-day evaluation mode.


To resolve this issue, upgrade your license or migrate the appliance to a host with the correct license version.