Tutorial: Reporting subcapacity usage per computer group

Available from 9.2.2.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create computer groups that allow for managing software and generating audit snapshots for a subset of computers. You can use such groups to report PVU consumption for IBM software installed in multiple IBM subcapacity regions or to manage software per organizational business unit.

Managing software per computer group can be used in the following scenarios:
  • You have IBM software that is installed in multiple IBM subcapacity regions. For more information, see: IBM subcapacity regions.
  • You want to separately manage software that is installed in each business unit in your organization. For more information, see: Organizational business units.

Learning objectives

After you complete the lessons in this tutorial, you will know how to perform the following tasks:
  • Divide the computers in your infrastructure into BigFix computer groups.
  • Define the scope of audit snapshots by creating computer groups in License Metric Tool.
  • Import part numbers and manage software per computer group.
  • Generate audit snapshots per computer group.

Time required

This module should take 45 minutes to complete. If you explore other concepts related to this tutorial, it can take longer to complete.

Audience

  • Customers who have IBM software installed in multiple IBM subcapacity regions.
  • Customers who want to manage software per organizational business unit.

Prerequisites

  • Install the scanner on all computers that you want to monitor. For more information, see: Installing the scanner.
  • Configure VM managers that control virtual machines in your environment. For more information, see: Managing VM managers.

Conventions used in this tutorial

This tutorial is based on the example of creating computer groups that reflect IBM subcapacity regions.

Lessons in this tutorial

The tutorial contains the following lessons:
  1. Lesson 1 (Optional): Creating computer groups in the BigFix console
  2. Lesson 2: Creating computer groups that define the scope of reports
  3. Lesson 3: Managing software and generating audit snapshots per computer group