IBM License Metric Tool V9.2 delivers migration tools and adds Microsoft SQL database and Microsoft Windows support for IBM License Metric Tool server

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-076
March 17, 2015

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IBM® License Metric Tool V9.2:

  • Provides a complete set of migration tools to enable porting of key set of configuration information and software categorization from License Metric Tool V7 in order to preserve knowledge base and deployment configurations that were built and are still required for value add and proper IBM software usage license reporting.
  • Supports, when using License Metric Tool server, Microsoft™ SQL database and a free Microsoft SQL Express® database. This capability removes the need to use only an IBM DB2® database. The provided Microsoft SQL Express database can also be used for test and small production environments.
  • Supports, when using License Metric Tool server, Microsoft Windows™ to allow more deployment flexibility and align with supported platforms available in the wider IBM Endpoint Manager portfolio of products. IBM Endpoint Manager is the client-server platform, which is used by the IBM License Metric Tool server to scan target computers and collect hardware and software inventory data.
  • Delivers a new set of REST APIs, as part of the migration tool, to add configuration information in a programmatic way.
  • Improves dashboards that provide more accurate information about the status of License Metric Tool agents and if the agents have been able to scan the target computers and successfully collect the inventory data.

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For ordering, contact your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information, contact the Americas Call Centers at: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255).

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IBM License Metric Tool, based on the IBM Endpoint Manager client-server platform, provides an extensive set of reports and dashboards, which allows aggregation and counting of IBM products and their related server capacity usage. License Metric Tool reports and data inventory allow you to use the information to compare with what you are entitled to use and gives you the focus needed to better manage your servers.

IBM License Metric Tool V9.2 provides:

  • Migration tools.
  • Microsoft SQL database support for License Metric Tool server.
  • Microsoft support for License Metric Tool server.
  • Enhanced REST APIs.
  • Enhanced dashboards.

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Key prerequisites
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For details, refer to the Software requirements section.

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Planned availability date
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  • March 20, 2015: Electronic download

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IBM License Metric Tool V9.2 allows organizations to migrate key deployment and IBM classification configuration data, enabled by IBM Endpoint Manager technology, and to continue to use the data to properly identify IBM products, gather their software license usage data, and report on it accordingly to the IBM sub-capacity licensing terms and conditions.

A set of migration and validation tools help organizations:

  • Migrate IBM software classifications, also known as bundling definitions, where components or products might have been assigned to other parent products.
  • Migrate list of IBM software instances that had been excluded from pricing calculations.
  • Migrate file system directories that had been excluded from data scanning of the agents.
  • Migrate definitions of virtual managers that had been defined to collect hypervisor data from VMWare vCenter and VMWare.
  • Migrate computer scan groups and scan schedules that had been defined for the License Metric Tool agent file system scanning.

Inventory raw data, reports, and scan results are not migrated.

Additional capabilities provided with License Metric Tool V9.2:

  • Updated scan health dashboard widget for more granular information to verify on which computers a particular type of scan failed, was not initiated, or agent did not upload scan results, and more.
  • Updated capability to properly identify and scan software inventory data on shared disks on UNIX™ operating systems. Shared disks are not scanned by default. To enable scanning of shared disks, a dedicated fixlet is now provided to initiate the software scan.
  • Performance optimization in collecting of software usage data. Data concerning software usage is imported to License Metric Tool only when there are changes. If usage data is not changed, the data is not imported.

If you are an IBM License Metric Tool Passport Advantage® customer, you can measure IBM software utilization for those products that are licensed by you through an IBM virtualization capacity (sub-capacity) licensing contract. Refer to the following web page

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Program number VRM Program name
5724-T40 9.2.0 IBM License Metric Tool

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Hardware requirements

Hardware requirements for the IBM License Metric Tool server depend on the size of environment. For an environment with up to 5,000 endpoints, requirements include:

  • CPU: 2.5 GHz, 4 cores
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Total disk space: 25 GB

The preceding requirements are not limited to the server only, but also include other required components that is IBM Endpoint Manager and database software installed on one server. For detailed hardware requirements please refer to the product documentation within the installation and planning sections.

Software requirements

Required components

  • IBM Endpoint Manager V9.0, V9.1, V9.2
  • Database software:
    • For Microsoft Windows: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft 2008 Express, Microsoft 2008 R2, Microsoft 2008 R2 Express, Microsoft 2012, Microsoft 2012 Express, or Microsoft 2014 Express. The Express editions are supported for small environments with up to 500 endpoints.
    • For Linux™: IBM DB2 10.1 Fix Pack 2, or later or 10.5 Fix Pack 5, or later. The product is bundled with IBM DB2 10.5 Workgroup Server Edition.

Operating systems for components

IBM License Metric Tool supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows Server 2012, and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6 Update 3, or a later 6.x version.

IBM Endpoint Manager supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 2008, and Microsoft Windows 2012 with supported database versions: Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and Microsoft SQL 2012.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 6 Update 3 with supported database versions: IBM DB2 10.1 and 10.5. The product is bundled with IBM DB2 10.5 Workgroup Server Edition.

For database software, IBM License Metric Tool supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft SQL Server: Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows 2012.
  • IBM DB2: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 3, or a later 6.x version, or IBM AIX® V6.1, V7.1.

Operating systems for clients (agents)

IBM License Metric Tool supports the following operating systems for IBM Endpoint Manager V9.2 clients:

  • IBM AIX: V6.1, V7.1
  • HP-UX: 11i v1, 11i v2, 11i v3
  • Linux: RHEL 5, RHEL 6, RHEL 7 (also for IBM Power Systems™), SUSE 10, SUSE 11
  • Solaris: 9, 10, 11
  • Microsoft Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2

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Product group: IBM Endpoint Manager

Product: IBM License Metric Tool (5724-T40)

Product category: TVCONFIG (Configurations and Operations)

Passport Advantage customer: Electronic download entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription are entitled to electronically download IBM License Metric Tool V9.2.

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