Error while installing VMware license server on Windows 2008

Posted by on June 3, 2010 in Troubleshooting, vCenter Server, VMware | 2 comments

While I was upgrading my vCenter server to Server 2008 I came across the following issue. I was trying to install VMware License Server on a Window Server 2008 32bit server and the install would fail saying it cannot start system services. After checking to make sure that I had not made some dumb mistake with my account I hit the intertubes and found that others had the same issue.

I was able to get pass this issue by downloading the latest copy of Virtual Center server 2.5 update 6 and then extracting the License server install file from the VPX folder. Seems that the copy from the install .iso file is newer than the file available for direct downloading. Maybe VMware can fix this soon. I did not try it but according to some other posts the version in VC 2.5 U5 might also work. Once I installed this version it worked the first time.

Error 1920.Service VMware License Server failed to start. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to start system services.

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design


  1. Worked like a charm!

  2. Worked great, Thanks!


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