I believe that piece of documentation is speaking of our support portal. If you go to the licensing section of our support portal, you should have the ability to uncheck a server as being 'active'. This would effectively re-claim the license and add it back into your pool of available purchased licenses.
There is a new best practices that articulates the steps necessary to decommission servers. It is currently a manual process, but can be done for multiple servers at once.
Thanks for the related info, but to Q's original post, he's looking for an automated way to reclaim licenses. Q, the answer is that there is currently no way to do this, but I think it's a good idea and I will talk to the appropriate people here to see what we can do.
Thanks. In our efforts to get as hands-off as possible we want (based on our reading of the "best practices" document referenced earlier) to add this to the list of things that happen automatically. We have a hardware database that we use to track our assets. When a server is decomissioned it is removed from this database. Since we query this database regularly to keep our server properties up to date I could easily key an automated effect to the BL license tracking system (pending the existence of such a utility) off the removal of an asset from this database. Thanks for following up and I look forward to a solution.
I put in an ehancement request early this morning to request this on your behalf. The ticket number associated with the request is 7252.
Hi, just curious if this feature was ever added to newer versions of BladeLogic or not?
I am very interested in this feature as well. For an automation product, this is to manual.
We spoke to our BMC sales rep about this yesterday, recommending the following features be added to future releases for licensing:
1. In UI server properties, agent status needs to include 'trial license', current values are licensed/unlicensed only.
2. Add an unlicense option to nsh command autolic for automation
3. Inside UI, include basic licensing tools. The current online licensing table
A) takes forever to load
B) must be manually maintained
4. Add a uniqueID for each licensed agent, for both the license and possibly BL server inventory as well. This would go a long way in preventing duplicate licensing and duplicate server entries in inventory.
IMHO the best options would be (in order of preference):
1) no licensing at all (it's not the kind of software an enterprise would deploy downloading it from emule, and BMC sales could find a way to bill customers anyway)
2) central licensing (appserver could keep a count of concurrently active/enrolled servers) no need to licence the single agents at all