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FlexNet Manager Suite On-Premises 2022 R1

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FlexNet Mananager Suite on-Premises 2022 R1 is available

We are proud and excited to announce the FlexNet Manager Suite on-Premises 2022 R1 release!

This new version follows the 2021R1 on-premise version and brings a number of new features and enhancements. For more information please see the Futures by Release documentation. [more]
In addition to the new features, extensive work to fix known bugs and security-related changes are also included. The following link will provide a list of issues fixed in the 2022 R1 (On Premises) release: [more]

This article will briefly highlight the most important changes and refer to further documentation. Let's start with an overview of the highlights structured in the FlexNet Manager Suite value drivers:

Key Vendor License Optimization

View Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server optimization reports

View IBM RedHat optimization report

View further Oracle optimization reports

Automate exclusion of Oracle Java embedded instances

Hybrid IT

View IBM licensing for PVU and VPC across traditional and container environments

Comprehensive Data For Licensing

Gather VMware Horizon inventory for non-persistent VDIs

Gather BMC Discovery inventory in a new lightweight way

Lightweight Kubernetes agent reduces footprint and further updates

Auto-cleanup of obsolete FlexNet inventory

File replication captures beacon uploads for review

Fractions of points supported for IBM PVU license calculations

 

Key Vendor Optimization: Microsoft, Oracle and IBM

In complex licensing situations, high saving can be reached either by counting consumptions a more sophisticated way or identifying areas of optimizations.

Counting consumptions a more sophisticated way

This 2022 R1 version brings three new optimizations reports, that anticipate the enhanced calculation logic of the license that compute the optimal license consumptions for Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

Each product has a slightly different story but there is a common pattern: FlexNet Manager allows you to make the best licensing decision and not choose the easy but expensive option of licenses ESX servers (and their installed VMs) with the expensive with unlimited virtualization rights options (Data Center edition for Windows, Enterprise Edition for SQL or Virtual Data Center edition for RHEL).

 

Microsoft Windows Server Optimization

The Microsoft Windows Server Optimization Report computes the optimal license needs based on the 90 day peak number of Windows Server VMs, host per host. It also identifies when CIS is required. The report gives the total true up as well as the savings, host per host but also globally of the optimal license (when it is Standard edition) versus the classical and easy "Data Center" edition choice. [more]

The savings - through subscriptions downsizing (EASL contracts), non-renewal of Data Center edition SA or true up - can be in millions for large organizations.

Windows Server Optimization.png

 

Microsoft SQL Server Optimization

The Microsoft SQL Server Optimization Report computes the optimal license needs evaluating host per host the "everything in Enterprise editions versus each VM licensed separately with the installed edition". The report gives the total true up as well as the savings, host per host but also globally of the optimal license (when it is Standard edition) versus the classical and easy "Enterprise". [more]

SQL Server Optimization Report.png

 

IBM Red Hat Enterprise Linux Optimization

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Optimization Report compares for each cluster the cost of using one or the other option, computes the optimal cost and provides the saving when the optimal license for a host is Server Node edition. [more]Red Hat Enterprise Optimization.png

Identifying areas of saving: Oracle Optimization

Oracle can cost millions with the so-called "soft partitioning rule" if the mistake was made of having a VM with an expensive option in a large cluster.

Two reports were released with 2021 R1 introduced the Oracle optimization analysis:

Oracle Optimization on Clusters [more]

Oracle License Consumption Details And Optimizations [more] 

This version contains more. The ideal Oracle VMWare architecture is when all VMs with consistent installed and used options are regrouped in specialized clusters. The Optimum Virtualized Target Architecture for Oracle Options Report provides the full details of this target architecture along with the consumption saving. [more]

Optimum Virualized Architecture for Oracle Options.png

Two other reports on Oracle provide simulations on the consumption and financial impact for the database and options licenses on the various soft partitioning levels (e.g. Cluster, vCenter, all vCenters):

Oracle Processor Licenses: Consumption Summary Across Rules Report [more]

Oracle Processor Licenses: Comparison Across Partitioning Rules Report [more]

Oracle Comsuption Summary by Partitioning Rule.png

Automated exemption of Java embedded instances

The license exemption by file path automates exemptions for Java installations recognized based on file evidences on exempted paths. [more]

This feature introduces an application transparency report that links the dots between raw evidence and recognized applications. The report “deconstructs” the suites and shows recognized components.

Application Transparency Report.png

 

Hybrid IT: IBM

View IBM licensing for PVU and VPC across traditional and container environments

The IBM license consumption in containers  is now managed in FlexNet Manager and integrated into the on-premise / Cloud license consumption for PVU and VPC licenses. The FlexNet Kubernetes agent collects from the IBM license server the cluster license consumption that is integrated and mixed in the other sources of license consumptions in the licenses consumption tabs and PVU consumption reports. [more]

IBM PVU and VPC consumption.png

 

Comprehensive Data For Licensing

Gather VMware Horizon inventory for non-persistent VDIs

The new VMware Horizon adapter collects non-persistent VDI data from VMware Horizon and import it into FlexNet Manager Suite.

Collected VDI data consists of (1) existing VDI devices and templates, (2) existing desktop pools where these VDI devices and templates are installed and (3) what user groups have access to these desktop pools.
 
Application evidence can then be collected from each of the VDI devices by the FlexNet inventory agent or any other supported third party inventory solution. The use of other third-party inventory solutions is new and also available to work with other non-persistent VDI data such as Citrix.
 

Imported VDI data alongside the application evidence will give full IT visibility of inventory running on the VMware Horizon platform, and provide licensing capabilities for all applications used by end-users on non-persistent VDIs.[more]

Two additional tabs (VDIs, AD Groups) have been added to the Virtual Desktop Template Properties page. The VDIs tab displays a list of deployed VDIs from a template as reported in the most recent software inventory. The AD Groups tab displays a list of Active Directory groups and users who have been given access to a desktop pool. [more]

VDI Template Properties.PNG

 

Two reports are available to view the data: The Virtual Desktops File Evidence Report and Virtual Desktops Installer Evidence Report. These reports were formerly known as the Citrix Virtual Desktops File Evidence Report and Citrix Virtual Desktops Installer Evidence Report. With the introduction of the new VMware Horizon adapter, these reports have been updated to now report on file and installer evidence found on both Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) servers associated with Citrix delivery groups, and VMware Horizon non-persistent virtual desktop infrastructure(s) (VDI) delivering Desktops to end-users.[more]

VDI INstaller Evidence Report.PNG

 

Gather BMC Discovery inventory in a new lightweight way

With this version a new BMC Discovery adapter is available. What is new? Using this adapter, running on an appropriate inventory beacon, simply connects to the RESTful APIs provided by BMC Discovery, is a much lighter mechanism for collecting the relevant data. There is no need for an intermediary staging database or a separate processing executable, as was the case with the previous mechanism.[more]

Lightweight Kubernetes agent reduces footprint and further updates

This light version of the Kubernetes agent  requires lass space, lower user privileges and no requirement to in injected in the containers.  [more]

Furthermore, there are several updates to the Flexera Kubernetes inventory agent, used to help gather inventory from containers in Kubernetes clusters. [more]

Auto-cleanup of obsolete FlexNet inventory

The Auto Cleanup  setting allows to define a deletion mechanism from Inventory Manager based on the last inventory date of the devices. This mechanism allows to avoid devices merge issues (that can cause false positives in recognized applications) and decreases the quantity of data (files evidence for instance) stored for “useless” computers. [more]

File replication captures beacon uploads for review

The File Replication on Beacons  feature allows to easily set up a local copy mechanism for selected inventory files types (e.g. .ndi, .disco) that transit on the beacon. This allows to understand the files flows and troubleshoot inventory issues. Note that this local copy is also possible on the application server (web.config setting). [more]

Inventory from POWER architecture running Linux

The FlexNet inventory agent collects inventory from a wide range of Linux platforms, but until now, those distributions have been supported only when running on Intel 32-bit or 64-bit architectures. With this release, the FlexNet inventory agent also supports a range of Linux distributions running on POWER8 (and later) processors. For more details, see the Agent Change Log.

Fractions of points supported for IBM PVU license calculations

Points tables in FlexNet Manager Suite have long supported decimal fractions of points used for calculating consumption in points-based licenses. From this release, when FlexNet Manager Suite is in PVU mode (responsible for sub-capacity consumption calculations for IBM PVU licenses), it correctly uses any fractional points values in calculating both current and historical peak consumption values. [more]
 

 

11 Comments
erwinlindemann
Level 9 Champion
Level 9 Champion

When will the new release become available in the 'Product & License Center'? This morning (April 22nd) I don't see it yet.

ChrisG
Community Manager Community Manager
Community Manager

@erwinlindemann - I'm not sure what might be stopping you from seeing it, but it has been there for a couple of days.

erwinlindemann
Level 9 Champion
Level 9 Champion
 

Hi Chris,

When I log into the "Product and License Center" from the 'Product Access' link on the top of the community, under "Latest Version" for the FlexNet Manager Platform, I see  '2021 R1' (from Aug 2nd 2021) only. 

No FNMS 2022 R1 yet 😐.

 

 

mfranz
Level 16 Champion
Level 16 Champion

Same here, have been looking over the last 2 days and it's still 2021 R1 for me.

Edit: Tested Chrome & Edge

adrian_ritz1
Level 9

Hello,

I just downloaded the version 2022 R1, so it is visible in the portal.

mfranz
Level 16 Champion
Level 16 Champion

Still 2021 R1 for me.

ChrisG
Community Manager Community Manager
Community Manager

@mfranz & @erwinlindemann - I'm not sure what's going on there. I've just accessed the PLC while impersonating both of your user accounts, and see the 2022 R1 release appearing as follows:

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I'm not sure why you see something different. You may need to reach out directly to Flexera for some specialized assistance.

@adrian_ritz1 - good to have the confirmation that you are seeing it OK.

erwinlindemann
Level 9 Champion
Level 9 Champion

Hi Chris,

Thanks to the help of some members of the German Flexera team, the issue is fixed now 😎.

Thanks for your help!

GopalRaghvani
Level 5

What has changed in Flexnet Agent 18 from 16?

kclausen
Level 15 Flexeran
Level 15 Flexeran

@GopalRaghvani - The Release Notes for the FNMS On-Premises Agent can be found here:

https://docs.flexera.com/FlexNetManagerSuite2022R1/EN/InvAgentChg/index.html

 

Michaela
Level 3

@erwinlindemann

Good morning!

Can we then also finally 🙂 expect a SUSE license optimization report?

Have a good day!

Thx & best regards,

Michaela

Director Product Management Hamburg, Germany