Before you can use the tools and features of License Optimizer, you need to input all your relevant data. You typically import this data from a number of different data sources.
Click Data Import under Data Management on the navigation bar to display the Data Import page, where you can manage your data sources and imports. To help you to estimate how quickly your imports will take to run, the current total number of pending and scheduled data imports appears in a banner at the top of the page. The Data Import page has two sections:
The Connector Types section has a single tile, Configure Connectors, which enables you to configure a connector using the Ivanti Cloud Agent. Connectors gather inventory information from a number of sources using an agent that is installed on the same network as your source. This data is then stored in a single Ivanti Discovery database that you can import data from using the Inventory import type described below.
Click the Configure Connectors tile to open the Connectors page of the Ivanti Cloud application in a new window. From this page, you can download the Ivanti Cloud Agent and add a connector. For more information, see the advice provided within the Ivanti Cloud application.
The Import Types section has a several tiles, corresponding to different types of data import:
•Inventory – ADDM (Oracle), Altiris, Capacity Plan, Centennial, Compliance Console (Legacy), Core Control Generic, Ivanti Discovery, Oracle ReviewLite 12.3, SCCM, Tivoli Configuration Manager
•License – General, MLS License Summary, MLS Transaction Data
•Virtualization – Virtual Relationship Template
•User List – Software Metering Data, User List
•Batch Processing – License Update
•Price List – Price List
•Organisational Data – Business Units, Locations
Each of these tiles includes an i icon. Hovering over the i displays the number of imports configured for that data type. The current number of pending and scheduled data imports for each Import Type is shown as an icon on its tile, with the number of pending imports displayed on a red circle, and the number of scheduled imports shown on a blue circle:
two imports are pending, and one import is scheduled
Clicking the tile itself displays the list of configured imports for that data type in a data grid. For information about using data grids, see Grids.
The Data Import data grids for each of the data types are the same, except for the Inventory data type, which has an extra column for Hardware Change. For more information, see Hardware Change.
To see details of the import records for a data source, click to the left of the required data source to see the Imports Expansion pane.
You can return to the Data Import page from a Data Import data grid by clicking .
The columns on a Data Import data grid are:
•Data Source – the name defined for the data source when it was created.
•Import Type – the type of data that the data source has been created to import.
•Last Import Date – the date and time of the most recent data import for this data source.
•Imported By – the user that ran the most recent data import against this data source. For automated imports, the property value is set to SYSTEM.
•Import Status – indicates the current status of the import: gray = import is initiating, amber = the import is in progress, green = the import has completed successfully, red = the import has failed to complete. A comment appears alongside the graphic.
•Log File – if a log file is available for the most recent import, an icon appears. Click the icon to download the log file. You can access log files for previous imports from the child records pane, by clicking the Expand arrow to the left of the data source entry in the data grid.
•Exception File – if an exception file is available for the most recent import, an icon appears. Click the icon to download the exception file. You can access exception files for previous imports from the child records pane, by clicking the Expand arrow to the left of the data source entry in the data grid.
•Hardware Change – for Inventory data sources only, this column displays a graphic detailing the percentage increase and/or decrease in hardware for the associated data source. For more information, see Hardware Change.
•Re-Run Import – restarts the import process.
•Options – provides a menu of actions for the row, including Edit, Delete, and the ability to download the relevant Log File or Exception File if they are available. If you delete a row from the Data Import data grid, you are given the choice of deleting the connected OSIs and all their children, or of deleting all OSIs except those that have had children added manually.
A convenient method for creating an import data file is to download a template from an existing data source of the same type. This spreadsheet has the appropriate columns along with an indication of the data type required in each column.
To download an import template:
1.From the Data Import page, click the required tile under Import Types.
A Data Import data grid appears.
2.In the Options column for a record with the same Import Type that you want to use, click , then click Download Template.
The Download Template dialog appears.
3.Select the required type of file you want to download, then click Download Template.
A Microsoft Excel file containing the required columns is downloaded.
Some columns in your data import correspond to lookup values that accept only specific values, otherwise the associated record is not imported. For this reason, it is very important that you take care when entering values into these lookup columns. To help with this, the Data Import page enables you to copy the accepted lookup values for a data source to your computer's clipboard, so that you can paste these values into your source file. For more information, see Data Import lookup values.
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