NathanPerry
Occasional contributor

Setting application usage setting to 120 days

Is it possible to change the usage setting for every application to 120 instead of 90 days (default). I know you can for an individual application but I want to change the definition of usage across the board 

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ChrisG
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Re: Setting application usage setting to 120 days

A procedure for doing this with FlexNet Manager Suite On-premises would be:

  1. Execute SQL queries like the following against the compliance database to set the usage period for all applications published in the reference ARL as well as locally defined applications:
    UPDATE SoftwareTitleEx_MT SET UsagePeriod = 4 -- Update usage period for reference ARL applications (months)
    
    UPDATE SoftwareTitle_MT SET UsagePeriod = 4 -- Update usage period for local applications (months)​

    Note that the 1st query above will need to be re-executed after any ARL update if you want the 4 month period to apply to new applications added to the ARL in that update.

  2. Create a "dummy" local application and set its usage period in the UI to 4 (months). This is to workaround a problem whereby usage data is only imported from an inventory source for the last 3 months or the longest usage period for any locally defined application (whichever is longer).

Note that usage data from more than 3 months ago are ignored if inventory readers are run in "disconnected" mode - that is, from a beacon (which is always the case with FlexNet Manager Suite Cloud). You can only have a usage period longer than 3 months if your inventory readers are run in "connected" mode - that is, on the batch server of a FlexNet Manager Suite On-premises installations.

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mfranz
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Re: Setting application usage setting to 120 days

Hi Chris,

Does this mean the usage period changes made in the Web UI are also reset by ARL updates?

Best regards,

Markward

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ChrisG
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Re: Setting application usage setting to 120 days

No - the usage period on existing applications should not be updated when an ARL update is applied. However new applications which are created when an ARL update is applied will get a default usage period of 3 months so those records will need to be changed to (in this example) 4 months after applying the ARL update.

(Anything expressed here is my own view and not necessarily that of my employer, Flexera. If my reply helped, give me a kudos. If it solves a question you have raised, please click "ACCEPT AS SOLUTION".)