Se we upgraded from 8 to 9, had to download a license, but that locked us into the 32 socket trial. But i've been advancing the date on the server to see what will happen after the license expires, in order to place it into "free" mode, and it still seems to lock us into 32 sockets, with many of the hosts still available in the console, but showing "connection problem, resources excluded" i went through server settings, and made sure nothing is excluded.
We only require the basic functionality of the free product. We monitor these veeam backup clients though emails and such. The veeam one was being used more as a courtesy, since most of these accounts are SMB running ESX essentials with one or two VMs.