IBM License Metric Tool overview
The IBM License Metric Tool helps you maintain an inventory of the core-based software deployed for your Full Capacity or Virtualization (Sub-) Capacity environment, and measures the licenses required by software Product. It is intended to help you manage your IBM software licensing requirements, and help you maintain an audit ready posture. Customers are responsible for supplying hardware and installation services required for installing the tool.
IBM License Metric Tool version 9.2 was announced on March 17, 2015 via Software Announcement 215-076. Customers have 90 days from first eligible Virtualization (Sub)-capacity product deployment to install and begin using IBM License Metric Tool for supported virtualization technologies. Customers with earlier versions should promptly install the latest V9.2 release.
For more information on updating ILMT, please see the ILMT documentation page.
- IBM License Metric Tool has continuous delivery model and so end of support for each technology is announced for the whole IBM License Metric Tool program, not just for certain release. All IBM License Metric Tool customers should be using latest IBM License Metric Tool version.
- In order to be notified of latest available updates of IBM License Metric Tool and of updates related to the plans of removal of virtualization technologies and operating systems from the list of sub-capacity eligibility, customers need to subscribe to My Notifications for ILMT product.
On June 30th, 2019 HCL acquired from IBM select IBM collaboration, commerce, digital experience, AppScan & BigFix solutions.
IBM License Metric Tool uses BigFix platform. Please refer to the IBM License Metric Tool and HCL BigFix FAQ for additional information on the IBM License Metric Tool and HCL relationship.
Use of IBM License Metric Tool
The use of IBM License Metric Tool is recommended for Full Capacity and is mandatory for use with sub-capacity licensing.
February 2023: With the release of IBM Passport Advantage Agreement v11, IBM will no longer be supporting exceptions for sub-capacity reporting requirements.
Clients that, prior to May 1st, 2023, were doing manual reporting because of the exceptions outlined in IBM Passport Advantage Agreement v10 and still meeting the related requitements, may continue to manually report sub-capacity deployments until January 1, 2024.
For Full Capacity and for manual reporting under the former IBM Passport Advantage Agreement v10 exceptions, customers must manually manage, track, and prepare a Manual Calculation of Virtual Capacity worksheet for each server. For more details about the requirements for this worksheet, go to Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules.
Customers must maintain documentation for at least two years to demonstrate ongoing compliance with these Sub-Capacity Licensing terms.
For information about supported platforms and hardware requirements for use of IBM License Metric Tool administrative server and its agents, search the IBM License Metric Tool documentation.
For listings of current technologies supported by IBM License Metric Tool, consult the list of technologies supported by License Metric Tool.
For details of Sub-capacity licensing requirements, including requirements for maintaining documentation, see the Passport Advantage Virtualization Capacity (Sub-capacity) Licensing and the Virtualization Capacity License Counting Rules.
Expand section to see the exceptions that were outlined within the former IBM Passport Advantage Agreement v10.
Use of IBM validated BigFix Inventory versions, releases, and updates
BigFix Inventory is now an HCL product and the latest BigFix Inventory product release level delivered by IBM is BigFix Inventory 9.2.15.
IBM and HCL have established a collaboration agreement aimed to continue to have BigFix Inventory accepted as an alternate solution to IBM License Metric Tool for IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting.
Important: HCL BigFix Inventory is not accepted by IBM to report inventory and license usage for software running on Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes.
Please refer to BigFix Inventory and HCL FAQ for the accepted and IBM validated BigFix Inventory versions/releases/updates and additional FAQs.
For BigFix Inventory product information, visit BigFix Inventory on the HCL Site.
Use of Flexera One with IBM Observability IT Asset Management or Flexera One IT Asset Management
IBM and Flexera have established an agreement to certify Flexera One IT Asset Management as an alternate solution to IBM License Metric Tool for IBM Virtualization Capacity reporting. In addition, through integrations with IBM License Services, but not stand-alone, Flexera One IT Asset Management is accepted by IBM to report inventory and license usage for software running on Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes.
IBM Software customers can choose to use the IBM SaaS offering, Flexera One with IBM Observability IT Asset Management, or the Flexera SaaS offering, Flexera One IT Asset Management. Other Flexera products are not certified.
For any environment not supported by Flexera One IT Asset Management, IBM Software customers will need to set up a dedicated ILMT instance connected to the environment, or choose full capacity counting (not leveraging sub capacity savings) for this environment.
February 2023 Update
Flexera One IT Asset Management introduce support for Linux on IBM zSystems and LinuxONE and sub-capacity reporting for IBM products deployed on Linux within IBM zSystem and LinuxOne virtualizations.
- EMEA & APAC Flexera One availability February 23, 2023
- NA Flexera One availability March 2nd, 2023
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