Datacenter product wizard
You can use this rule to apply a vendor's advanced licensing policies to your licensed software products, which can help determine the most cost-effective licensing options for your organization.
The key concept is that a vendor’s license may cover more than one device; for example, if you have a virtual host in inventory and many images in the database that run on that host, you may need just one Datacenter license to cover all of the images.
If you're using this rule type to manage licensing in a virtualized environment, you must first configure a VMWare vCenter rule to import your vCenter database information into the inventory database. For more information, see Virtual-licensing rules overview.
Open the wizard by right-clicking Datacenter product in the DTS tree and selecting New rule. Enter a unique name and description for this rule. On the continuing pages, enter the following information:
Software: Select the software product that you're licensing.
Software to search for: Select the software products that are covered by this license. You can add or remove products based on license policies that are specific to your organization.
Groups: If you want to run a DTS rule group before running this rule, select it here (optional).
Run against all vCenter rules: This rule will run against each VMWare vCenter rule you've configured. This option is selected by default.
Run against selected vCenter rules: To run this rule against one or more of your VMWare vCenter rules, click the Add button and select the rule(s) from the list.
Do not run any vCenter rules: Use this option if you want to run this rule against the inventory database only, not a vCenter database.
Click the Edit button on this page to build a new query or import an existing Ivanti query that will "link" or match multiple records in the database. For example, if you want to find devices in a virtualized environment where the host's name is the same as the virtual image's name, you would query for Computer.Network.TCPIP.Host Name and Computer.Virtual Host Data.Host Name.
Use this page to create a threshold field, which is a value the rule will use to determine if it can assign Datacenter software to "collapse" the licenses.
- Count the number of devices matching: The number of devices that match the query you entered on the previous page.
- Total items: The total number of cores or processors that match the query. For example, for a virtualized environment, you could select "Processors" to add just the number of processors in your virtual images. Or, you can select any other database attribute for the query to match by clicking the ellipsis (...) button.
The threshold value is the value that needs to be exceeded for this rule to run.
- Fixed value: A number set to "0" means that if the rule finds more than zero devices that match this query (at least one), the rule will run.
- Attribute: An attribute, such as Computer.Process.Features.Total Cores, that must be exceeded for the rule to run. For one server, the total number of cores might be 10, and in another, it might be 20. The rule looks up the attribute value in the database, and then uses it as the threshold to exceed.
Click the Finish button. Your new rule will appear in the Datacenter Product > All Rules folder.