License Optimizer

Hardware specifications

Many products, for example Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database, and IBM Middleware, are licensed based not only the software that is installed, but also on the specifications of the hardware that they are installed on.

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Microsoft SQL Server can be licensed taking into account the number of cores, Oracle Database is based on processors, and IBM Middleware products can be licensed using Processor Value Unit (PVU). This means that if you are working on a vendor with a server product element, you need to be sure that the hardware data that has been discovered contains all this information as well. Ivanti Endpoint Manager has a high success rate for gathering all this detail, which can reduce any additional work, but it is still worth checking your hardware data.

To check the hardware data for possible missing specifications:

1.On the menu bar, under Estate Management, click Hardware.
The Hardware page appears.

2.Use the menu to add the CPUs and Cores Per CPU columns to the data grid.

3.In the filter box above the CPUs column, type 0, then press ENTER.
The data grid refreshes to show only those OSIs that are recorded with no CPUs.

4.Update these records with the correct values.

5.Repeat this for OSIs that have Cores Per CPU set to 0.

If you do not correct these specifications, the system treats them with a default value so that it can complete reconciliations. Any increases that you need to make to these values could lead to an increased licensing requirement, which you want to know about as soon as possible.

What's Next?

We can also use the data that we have gathered to help us to save some money: Identifying license reclamation opportunities

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