Simplify Software Audits and Cut Costs by Using the IBM License Metric Tool

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 17 September 2014

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ISBN-10: 0738453919
ISBN-13: 9780738453910
IBM Form #: REDP-5107-00
(100 pages)

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Authors: Rufus Credle, Charles Crawford, Pawel Gocek, Piotr Godowski, Michal Klak, David Kulczar, Jan Marszalek, Adriana Lopez Russell, Agnieszka Tkaczyk


In this IBM® Redpaper™ publication, you learn how to implement the IBM subcapacity licensing functions and the IBM License Metric Tool to track and manage licenses for your IBM WebSphere® Application Server instances. It also summarizes the different licensing models that IBM employs, the advantages of using software asset management for IT companies, and explains how to save money by using these the subcapacity model for WebSphere Application Server licenses.

The primary purpose of the License Metric Tool is counting the processor value units (PVU) and resource value units (RVU) for subcapacity and full-capacity licensing models. It is a no-charge metric tool that many companies use as a regular software asset manager for IBM products.

This Redpaper shares installation and configuration scenarios for installing the Endpoint Manager server, the License Metric Tool server, and the IBM DB2® database on a single computer or in distributed computing infrastructures. It describes how the application server components are discovered by the License Metric Tool software, explains how to interpret the inventory reports, and provides technical details about the software detection techniques that the tool uses.

You also learn about the software bundling process and how to manage the software inventory that is detected by using the Software Classification panel. You can then use the PVU Subcapacity Reports to analyze actual use of your licenses and produce the data for IBM license audits.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Advantages of the subcapacity licensing model
Chapter 3. Deploying the License Metric Tool, version 9.0.1
Chapter 4. Configuring the License Metric Tool, version 9.0.1
Chapter 5. Discovering WebSphere Application Server components
Chapter 6. Using the License Metric Tool to bundle WebSphere products
Chapter 7. Reviewing Subcapacity Reports in the WebSphere example
Chapter 8. Comparing License Metric Tool results to a WebSphere license
Appendix A. Maintenance
Appendix B. Troubleshooting

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