License problem with Vmware 3.5 U2

Many have reported it, but there is a bug in U2 for vmware 3.5. If you upload a license, something wrong and you wil get the following error:

This product has expired. Be sure that your host machine’s date and time are set correctly.
There is a more recent version available at the VMware web site:
Module License Power on failed

Duncan from pointed out a solution on VMTN forum:

Find the host where a VM is located
run ‘ vmware-cmd -l ‘ to list the vms.
issue the commands:
service ntpd stop
date -s 08/01/2008
vmware-cmd /vmfs/volumes/vm path/vmname.vmx start
service ntpd start

But be carefull with this workaround, your vm’s will also get back in time.

Hope Vmware will release a patch soon.

Update 2008-08-13:
Apparently is was a big issue because Vmware has released a patch. You can find it at:

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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