If you want to analyze and report on your licenses via
License Analytics (LA), you
may want to modify how you manage Purchasing data.
Does This Apply to You?
This applies to you if you enter, view, and analyze
data and purchase Microsoft software using volume purchase
agreements (such as Enterprise, Select, or other agreements).
License Analytics only reports on Microsoft licenses. For
information on other licenses, such as Oracle, see
Purchasing, a contract ties together several related concepts:
- Product use rights
- Software maintenance and software upgrades
- License purchasing channel
- Contract group affinity
When purchasing Microsoft software using volume purchase agreements,
LA will provide more accurate results if you
replace the use of software maintenance and
software upgrade line items with software contracts
If you want
Reporting to reflect software upgrade purchases, you can continue to enter
software upgrade line items, but they will not be used by LA.
You will also need to
any software purchased with the
Cherwell Software Identification Database
(CSID) to associate what you purchased with what is discovered by
the software inventory process.
License channel and group affinity is used to tie contract-based use
rights with actual installations. The inventory and virtual environment
discovery processes now discover the license channel under which the installed
copy was purchased; machine groups are used to associate sets of machines with
the contracts that apply to them.
Next: Using Contracts and Line Items in Purchasing