The Beta Program

 

We are opening the new stage of the Beta program to show you the features that we are currently working on. Depending on your preferences, you can either download the applications to test them in your own environment, or you can use the Hosted Beta system to log in straight to LMT and SUA and check what has changed inside. Browse through this page and take a look at sections that interest you the most. If you're decided, let us know and we will do our best to provide you with access as soon as possible.

 

In this Beta program, you can test the following scenarios:

  • Migration from versions 7.5 and 7.2.2 (expanded with migration of scan groups and scan schedules)
  • Installation on Windows and Microsoft SQL Server database
  • Expanded Oracle discovery

 

Installable Beta

Get access to the Beta downloads page and browse through the available packages. You can download and install LMT and SUA for Linux and for Windows. Each of those installations require that you have the IBM Endpoint Manager platform installed in your environment.

Migration from LMT/TAD4D 7.5 and 7.2.2 to LMT/SUA version 9

  • Enablement for migration from 7.5 to version 9 was already released as part of LMT and SUA 9.0.1.2. However currently in Beta program there is official support for version 7.2.2 added plus many serviceabillity enhancements to the migration tools.
  • Migration of scan groups and scan schedule.

SUA or LMT version 9 running on Windows and MSSQL

For testing both ILMT or SUA on Windows as well as migration from 7.x you need:

  1. IEM Server with ILMT (IBM License Reporting (ILMT) v9 Beta) or SUA (IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis v9 Beta) Beta fixlet site (running either on Linux or Windows)
  2. MSSQL Server  - for the ILMT or SUA data store (for small environments free MSSQL Express can be used in version at least 2008)

How to download the LMT or SUA Server Windows installer (which also brings 7.x migration tools):

  • If you are existing IEM customer and you already have IEM server with ILMT or SUA Beta fixlet site (depends what you need to work with), then just update the Beta site to the newest version and use the fixlet to download Windows installer:
    • IBM License Reporting (ILMT) v9 Beta  - version 15
    • IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis v9 Beta - version 15
  • If you are existing IEM customer, but not yet have SUA or LMT - write to tem@dk.ibm.com providing your IEM serial number to get entitlement for SUA Beta product (to find the serial number, log in to the IEM console. In the bottom-left corner, click BigFix Management, and then in the navigation tree, click License Overview)
  • If you are existing SUA or LMT 9 customer and do not yet have SUA Beta site, write to tem@dk.ibm.com asking to add you entitlement to 'Software Use Analysis Beta' product.
  • If you are NOT yet IEM customer and you would like to test LMT 9 on Windows - use THIS form to generate IEM license for LMT Beta use. Then download IEM Server from this LINK (choose production version - not evaluation) and install it using your generated license. You can find detailed instructions in ILMT documentation.
  • If you are NOT yet IEM customer and you would like to test SUA 9 on Windows - write to tem@dk.ibm.com to request a new IEM license with entitlement to the SUA beta fixlet site

The Beta versions of LMT and SUA running on Windows work only with Beta fixlet sites. So first you need to make sure your IEM has the corresponding Beta:

IBM License Reporting (ILMT) v9 Beta  - version 15

OR

IBM Endpoint Manager for Software Use Analysis v9 Beta - version 15

Once the Beta site is available use the following fixlets to download the Windows installer on chosen endpoint:

for LMT: Download IBM License Metric Tool

for SUA: Download Beta Software Use Analysis (Windows)

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

Extended Oracle discovery:

  • You need a SUA Beta fixlet site in your IBM Endpoint Manager. We will send it to you in response to your e-mail, but we need your IEM serial number, so make sure to enter it in the e-mail. To find the serial number, log in to the IEM console. In the bottom-left corner, click BigFix Management, and then in the navigation tree, click License Overview.

 

Hosted Beta

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 LMT and for SUA. 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 reponse within the next business day, contact us at talk2sam@us.ibm.com.

 

Scenarios

Known issues

You might encounter the following issues while using the Beta applications:

The Hardware Inventory report is refreshed with a delay.



Data from the initial import is updated after a scheduled import a day later. Most of the changes to your hardware inventory are also available after such a delay.



If the intial import fails, reinstall the Beta server.



Even if the later imports are successful, most of the data about the software inventory will not be available. After a failed initial import, correct the cause of the failure, and then remove the database instance, and reinstall the Beta application. The cause of the failed import must be corrected, otherwise the problem will repeat.

 

Scenario 1 - Installing on Windows

 

  Installing LMT on Windows

   Installing SUA on Windows

 

With this Beta scenario, you can test the new installer for Windows operating systems. The installation itself is as easy as the Linux one, and can be completed on Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012. Ensure that you have the IBM Endpoint Manager platform, and a Microsoft SQL Server installed before you start.

 

Scenario 2 - Migrating from 7.5 and 7.2.2

The migration scenarios are adjusted to V7.5, however the migration tool works in the same way for V7.2.2.



  Migrating from LMT 7.5 and 7.2.2 to LMT 9.2

   Migrating from TAD4D 7.5 and 7.2.2 to SUA update 9.2 (including SwKBT migration)

 

Video tutorial on YouTube: Migrating from TAD4D 7.5 to SUA update 9.0.1.2 - part one and part two.

With this Beta scenario, you can test the new way of migrating your 7.5 or 7.2.2 environment to the latest 9.2 version. Migration is focused on your specific software inventory that was shaped the way it is through various decisions regarding software classification. Migrate the software bundlings, software exclusions, directories excluded from scanning, and definitions of VM Managers, or save all of this information to csv files.

 

Scenario 3 - Expanding the discovery of Oracle

 

  Oracle discovery for SUA

   Required: Fixlet site

 

With this Beta scenario, you can expand the discovery of your Oracle databases with extra information about specific editions and options. Don't just focus on the version, make your discoveries as precise as possible. To complete this scenario, you are going to need to add a separate fixlet site to IBM Endpoint Manager.

 

 

Documentation

If you encounter any issues with the application itself, you can always refer to the official documentation that is available to you on the Knowledge Center platform. If you need to install IBM Endpoint Manager or learn how to use LMT or SUA, that's the place to start:

 

  License Metric Tool

  Software Use Analysis

 

 

Feedback

Your feedback is critical for this program and your comments and suggestions very much appreciated. Test the new features and let us know what do you think or what can we improve. Use one of the following options to give us your feedback:

 


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