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The Beta Program

There are two ways in which you can participate in the beta program:

  • Hosted beta: After registration, you can access the BigFix Inventory user interface from your web browser. In this type of beta, you are assigned the role of a beta validator. You have access to the BigFix Inventory user interface where you can view reports and test the latest features. You do not have access to the BigFix console nor some of the settings in BigFix Inventory.

  • Installable beta: You can install the 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.


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

(only BigFix Inventory)

Information about imported part numbers on the Software Classification panel Information about PPA part numbers that you imported to BigFix Inventory is visible on the Software Classification report. The information can help in understanding why a given bundling was proposed and support bundling decisions.

Adding a new product to software catalog

The software catalog consists of a list of standard software products. Use the Add Product feature to define a custom product with the accompanying information, such as a publisher name, license metric and release.


Discovery of software and hardware inventory with disconnected scans on HP-UX If there is no direct connection between some of HP-UX computers in you infrastructure and the BigFix server, you can discover software and hardware inventory by using disconnected scans. Scripts that are provided in the disconnected scanner package initiate software and capacity scans, and prepare scan results that you later on upload to BigFix Inventory.


New computer status - Outdated VM Manager Data When hardware inventory data is not retrieved from a VM manager for 3 days, computers that are managed by this VM manager change their status to Outdated VM Manager Data. The status indicates that problems with VM manager connection occurred. However, license metric utilization is not yet affected. If you do not resolve the issue within 30 days since the data stopped being retrieved, the computer status changes to No VM Manager Data and default PVU counting is applied to the computer. As a result, license metric utilization that is reported might be higher. Thanks to the Outdated VM Manager Data status, you are notified about problems with VM manager connections before they affect the reports.

Information about the number of partition cores The number of partition cores that were assigned to a virtual machine when the peak of the metric value occurred is shown on the All IBM Metrics report and in the audit snapshot. You can use the information to better understand how particular VMs contributed to license metric consumption.



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?



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 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 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 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 45,  or
  • IBM BigFix Inventory Beta - version 45

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 and we'll get back to you.


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