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Consumption for Production vs. Non-Production licenses

Hello, We have a couple processor licenses, one Production license, the other Non-Production. Exemptions are set appropriately. So Production servers are exempted from the Non-Prod license etc. Both licenses have the same applications assigned.

Right now all of the consumption is showing on the Non-Production license. How do we set it up so consumption displays appropriately on the respective licenses? Do we need to Allocate?

Thanks!

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Re: Consumption for Production vs. Non-Production licenses

Hi,

I think, you got things mixed up a bit. There are multiple options in your situation.

Option 1) Exemptions
An exemption will prevent devices or users from consuming entitlements in that specific license. With what you described, you wouldn't need the non-Prod license, because the installations are already linked to the prod license. They just don't consume entitlement there. The online help states "Like an allocation, an exemption ties a device to a particular license."

Option 2) Restrictions
The idea would be to have 2 licenses and somehow have a set of machines consume from one license and a set of machines consume from the other license. This can usually be achieved by working with license restrictions, e.g. on location or business unit. Of course, it will only work if the consuming elements are assigned to location, etc. appropriately (to allow for clear distinction between prod and non-prod).

Option 3) Allocations
As you have already mentioned, allocations would also be possible. To be safe, you could allocate all the devices to one license or the other. But actually, if you set up the license consumption order smartly, you could get away with allocating only one set of machine, e.g. non-prod.

Best regards,

Markward

Softline Group is Europe's leading independent expert in Software Asset Management.
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Re: Consumption for Production vs. Non-Production licenses

To reiterate/elaborate on @mfranz' comment, I think you may be confused about the purpose of exemptions. Configuring an exemption tells FlexNet Manager Suite that no license is required for all applications linked to the license that are installed on the exempted computer. So in your case, you have told the system that no license required for your application on computers where are marked as exempted.

You should use restrictions or allocations (not exemptions) to manage the scenario you have described. This approach will allow you to control which license is consumed by each device in question.

(Anything expressed here is my own view and not necessarily that of my employer, Flexera. If my reply answers a question you have raised, please click "ACCEPT AS SOLUTION".)
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Re: Consumption for Production vs. Non-Production licenses

I am probably a lot mixed up :smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes: However we need a bit of clarification on Flexnet’s capabilities. So by having a Production and a Non-Production license, same applications linked to both licenses, Exemptions set so the Production licenses exempts Non-Prod machines and Non-Prod licenses exempts Prod machines, that Flexnet is unable to assign the consumption to the appropriate license?

Thanks!




Jim Iwaniec, CSM, ASM, ESM++
Officer | Compliance Manager, Software Asset Management
p. 651.265.0351 | james.iwaniec@usbank.com



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Re: Consumption for Production vs. Non-Production licenses

Hi Jim,

As @ChrisG and I mentioned, exemptions will not work with 2 licenses, because the exception ties the installation to the license it is exempted from and therefore the specific installation will not be linked to another license.

"Configuring an exemption tells FlexNet Manager Suite that no license is required for all applications linked to the license that are installed on the exempted computer."

You should try working with allocations instead.

Best regards,

Markward

Softline Group is Europe's leading independent expert in Software Asset Management.