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Moderator Natalie Moderator
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Re: License an Oracle Cluster from multiple licenses

Hi @JensWalton ,

I don't think this is quite true - you can relate the distinct purchases to distinct contracts, without limiting the license itself to a single contract. You can also link a license to multiple contracts. Using the relationship contract -> purchase -> license, I think you can maintain the cost optimization visibility while at the same time allowing FNMS to take advantage of all your entitlements. 

Best,

Natalie

Natalie Overstreet Lias
Senior Manager, Licensing Solutions
I don’t speak for Flexera, and we should all be grateful for that
Community Manager ChrisG Community Manager
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Re: License an Oracle Cluster from multiple licenses

The following line in the background writeup here is potentially significant: "Also there are potential (minor) differences in the use rights."

If there really are different use rights, then I imagine Oracle would not look too favorably on the deployment of Oracle Database on VMware as described here. When you start to think about needing to license all processors in the cluster, trying to say that some processors are going to be licensed according to one set of use rights and other processors are going to be licensed according to a different set of use rights quickly gets to be a nonsensical discussion.

So while I don't know Oracle's license terms and conditions deeply enough to speak with authority here, I would tread cautiously. You may find you really need to have the whole cluster licensed under a single set of terms and conditions, in which case a single license record in FlexNet is appropriate. Remember that first and foremost you use license records in FlexNet to model the entitlements granted by the vendor to the organization on a holistic basis; as soon as you start to try to split license records to model internal organizational considerations which are different from the vendor's view you will start to run into quirks like you describe here.

(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".)
JensWalton
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Re: License an Oracle Cluster from multiple licenses

Hi @Natalie 

I understand and agree, however, I think Flexera can make this simpler without the need for customers to create possibly onerous manual relationships which of course will need to be documented outside of the tool (attached as a note document to the contract or license record).

Where distinct relationships exist between a contract and a PO, and if multiple PO's make up a single license record to consolidate the entitlement (as suggested) once that license is assigned to a contract or multiple contracts, there is no breakdown to suggest that licenses linked to a contract may be sharing entitlements from another contract.

Detailed knowledge and history of any such association and relationship must be maintained.  Which if not well documented and shared could lead to future reporting problems and inaccuracies.

Jens

 

Moderator Natalie Moderator
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Re: License an Oracle Cluster from multiple licenses

 

Hi @JensWalton ,

I was able to make a report that shows what I think you want: 

* Contracts
* Licenses
* Purchases
* Contracts 

The way FNMS does the join, the first "Contracts" will be all contracts, but the second one will be an inner join with its predecessor item, Purchases.

While it's not possible to further filter this report in the FNMS UI to the exception items where the license contract doesn't match the purchase contract, the report has the data you need and could be further refined in Excel or, if you are on prem, via a SQL report.   

report.PNG

Natalie Overstreet Lias
Senior Manager, Licensing Solutions
I don’t speak for Flexera, and we should all be grateful for that