VMware licensing changes now supported in FlexNet Manager content

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On March 16, 2020, VMware announced important updates on the per-CPU pricing model, effective starting on April 2, 2020. https://www.vmware.com/company/news/updates/cpu-pricing-model-update-feb-2020.html

Flexera released FlexNet Manager content libraries containing updated VMware ARL and SKU/PURL content to support this change on April 10, 2020 (On-Premises), April 13, 2020 (US Cloud), and April 20, 2020 (EU Cloud).

What’s changed?

As per the latest announcement, one license is required for each processor up to 32 physical cores. If a CPU has more than 32 cores, additional CPU licenses will be required. 

In FNMS, these licenses are currently Processor license type, because until now the CPU model was a simple 1 processor = 1 license model. We are supporting VMware’s latest licensing changes by changing them to the "Core points" license type and the points rules "VMWare CPU license" which has the correct required points rules assigned.

After the updated VMware content is available in your environment, you will need to accept the following recommended license changes for affected VMware licenses in this order:

  • Update the license type from "Processor" to "Core Points"
  • Update the value of the "Points Rule Set" use rights from "Undefined" to "VMware CPU License"
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