The Beta Program

We are opening the new stage of the beta program to show you the features that we are currently working on. You have now two possibilities to access the beta version of IBM License Metric Tool or IBM BigFix Inventory:

 

Installable beta

Download and install a beta version of License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory to test the features that are currently being developed. This type of beta allows you to work directly with the application web user interface and the BigFix console to configure the application and manage your infrastructure.

 

Hosted beta

You can use the hosted beta system to log in straight to the License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory web user interface to explore the available reports and panels.

 

NOTE: The below table presents the latest beta features only. However, you can use beta versions of License Metric Tool and BigFix Inventory to try out features that have already been released. To see the list of features that are already available in production and related documentation, see:

 

Feature Description

Installable

beta

Hosted

beta
Product

Reporting high water mark of Oracle Database user sessions

BigFix Inventory retrieves the number of user sessions that are registered into the Oracle Databases deployed in your environment, and provides their high water mark. You can use this information to calculate the demand for the Oracle Named User Plus license.

Documentation

YES YES

Reporting physical core-based metric for Microsoft SQL Servers

BigFix Inventory measures utilization of the physical core-based licenses for Microsoft SQL Server. You can use this information to calculate the demand for Microsoft SQL Server licenses. The feature is supported for versions 2012, 2014, and 2016 (Standard and Enterprise edition). 

This is the first part of the improvements planned to be delivered in BigFix Inventory to report utilization of core-based licenses for Microsoft products that use this license metric.

Documentation

YES YES

 

 

Extension of the new user interface for software classification

 

 

 

The Software Classification panel introduces a new way of looking at software inventory and relations between the discovered components and licensable products. It provides a flat structure with software installations broken into single components, which makes it easier to view software assets and manage relations between them. In this beta drop, the panel is extended with the following functions:

  • Selecting the license metric of a product to which you are assigning the component
  • Suppressing a discovered component when it is a false-positive

Documentation

YES YES

Searching the software catalog by part number

The Software Catalog report provides information about product part numbers and associated license metrics. Thus, you can check which products your part numbers represent and what license metrics they use. This information facilitates the process of software classification. You can also verify whether a particular part number is contained in the current software catalog, and thus influences automated bundling.

YES YES

Utilization of the Install Seats metric for products discovered by SWID tags

The All Metrics report is extended to include information about the utilization of the Install Seats metric for non-IBM products that are discovered by SWID tags. You can now see the number of installations of software that is discovered by SWID tags and for which the software catalog does not define license details.

YES YES

Discovery of Microsoft Exchange editions

Software Installations report provides information about editions of Microsoft Exchange Servers that are installed in your infrastructure. You can use this information to verify how many licenses are needed for each edition.

Documentation

YES YES

Measuring application usage on Mac OS X

Software Installations report provides information about application usage for software that is installed on Mac OS X. You can use this information to decide whether license for particular software should be extended or not based on the frequency of use.  

Documentation

YES YES

Reduced impact of scans due to the optimization of the scanner cache folder

The scanner cache folder is used to store information about scanned files and directories in your file system. By knowing the hierarchy of files, the scanner can locate them quicker, which results in shorter scans. The amount of disk space that is needed for the cache depends on the number of files that are being scanned.

New installations of BigFix Inventory use an optimized cache which includes only files that are relevant for the types of software scans that you are running. It results in a reduced size of the cache.

YES  

Upload of PVU table and software catalog during the upgrade

During the upgrade, new versions of the software catalog and PVU table are uploaded to BigFix Inventory to ensure that the latest software is properly discovered and that new processors are correctly matched.

The versions that are uploaded are the newest ones that were available during the release of the application update to which you are upgrading.

YES  

Support for new operating systems

You can detect software that is installed on Ubuntu 16 for IBM Power Systems,

Windows Server 2016 (Standard, and Datacenter), and SUSE Linux 12 for IBM Power Systems on Little Endian Architecture. 

 

YES  

Support for XenServer and Citrix XenServer

You can use XenServer and Citrix XenServer as supported virtualization technologies on selected operating systems.

Documentation

YES  

Collecting the number of users authorized to use application in VDI

 

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a technology that is used for creating virtual, personalized desktops hosted on a centralized machine. It provides a secure and highly flexible virtual environment, and prevents data loss or breach. You can use BigFix Inventory to count the number of users authorized to use applications in VDI.

Documentation

YES  

 

 

Provide your feedback

Your feedback is crucial for the development team and your comments and suggestions are very much appreciated. Test the new features and let us know what you think and what can be improved. Use the following communication channels to provide your feedback:

 

How to participate in the beta?

The information about how to get access to the beta sites is available in the appropriate sections below. If you're decided, let us know and we will do our best to provide you with the access as soon as possible.

 

 

How to access the hosted beta system?

The hosted beta system is a shared evaluation system provided with the latest beta code; ready for you to try and test. You can access it through a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

We offer separate hosted environments for License Metric Tool and BigFix Inventory. Complete the following steps to explore them:

  1. Request access by sending an e-mail to talk2sam@us.ibm.com.
  2. Log in to the Early Program using your IBM ID and then register with the access key that you received in response to your e-mail.
  3. Download and install a VPN client by using the Early Program Cloud gateway. For login, use the user name, password, and the gateway URL that you received in response to your registration.
  4. Log in to the beta application through a web browser using the same credentials.

The process is not entirely automated. If you do not receive a response within the next business day, contact us at talk2sam@us.ibm.com.

 

 

How to get the installers for installable beta?

Get access to the beta downloads page and browse through the available packages. You can download and install License Metric Tool and BigFix Inventory on Linux or Windows. Each of those installation types requires that you have the BigFix platform installed in your environment.

  • If you are an existing BigFix customer and you already have BigFix server with License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory Beta fixlet site, update the beta site to the newest version and use the fixlet to download the installer.
  • If you are an existing BigFix customer, but you do not yet have License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory - write to tem@dk.ibm.com and provide your BigFix serial number to get the entitlement for BigFix Inventory or License Metric Tool beta product. To find the serial number, log in to the BigFix console. In the bottom-left corner, click BigFix Management, and then in the navigation tree, click License Overview.
  • If you are an existing License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory version 9 customer and do not yet have the License Metric Tool or BigFix Inventory beta site, write to tem@dk.ibm.com and request the entitlement to 'BigFix Inventory Beta' or 'License Metric Tool' product.
  • If you are NOT yet a BigFix customer and you would like to test License Metric Tool version 9 - use THIS form to generate the BigFix license for License Metric Tool beta. Next, download the BigFix server from this LINK (choose production version - not evaluation) and install it using your generated license. You can find detailed instructions in License Metric Tool documentation.
  • If you are NOT yet a BigFix customer and you would like to test BigFix Inventory version 9 - write to tem@dk.ibm.com and request a new BigFix license with the entitlement to the BigFix Inventory beta fixlet site.

The beta versions of License Metric Tool and BigFix Inventory work only with beta fixlet sites. So first, you need to make sure your BigFix has the corresponding versions of Beta sites:

  • IBM License Reporting (ILMT) v9 Beta  - version 37,  or
  • IBM BigFix Inventory Beta - version 37

Once the Beta site is available, use the following fixlets to download the installer to your chosen endpoint:

  • Download IBM License Metric Tool, or
  • Download Beta IBM BigFix Inventory

In case of problems with accessing the beta code, please let us know by writing to talk2sam@us.ibm.com and we'll get back to you.

 


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