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Changes made to the number of available client-based licenses impact the License Server and clients in the following ways:
LMF synchronization occurs when the License Server database is updated to reflect the system's LMF database. You can schedule the LMF synchronization to occur when it is most convenient for your system. By default, the synchronization operation occurs at 00:01 system time. To specify a different time for the synchronization to occur, define the logical name PWRK$LSLMFSYNCHMINUTES in the system logical name table equal to the number of minutes past midnight that the LMF synchronization occurs.
For example, if you want the LMF synchronization to occur at 4:15 A.M., compute the number of minutes after midnight:
4:15 AM = (4 hours x 60 minutes/hour) + 15 minutes = 255 minutes past midnight
Then add the following line to the system's startup command procedure:
$ DEFINE/SYSTEM PWRK$LSLMFSYNCHMINUTES 255
New synchronization times take effect only after the file server is restarted after the new value is established.
This chapter describes how to configure, start up, and use the License Manager to manage client licenses from an OpenVMS server. It discusses the following topics:
When you start the License Manager, the screen shown in Figure 4-1, Main Menu Screen, appears.
Figure 4-1 Main Menu Screen
To select a menu, press F10 or PF1 and PF1 again. The system displays the View menu as shown in Figure 4-2, Main Menu with View Menu Displayed.
Figure 4-2 Main Menu with View Menu Displayed
If you want to display one of the other menus, use the arrow key to
move the cursor to that menu, or use your mouse.
4.1.2 Getting Help with the License Manager
Select the appropriate help option. To exit the help screen, press
Return. To exit the list of topics, press F10.
4.1.3 Exiting the License Manager
If you attempt to start the License Manager when the License Server is not running on the system, the message shown in Figure 4-3, License Server Error Message, appears.
Figure 4-3 License Server Error Message
If the License Server has not been configured to run, you must reconfigure the file server. Run the initial configuration procedure (PWRK$CONFIG.COM) and specify that you want to run the License Server. For information about configuring the file server, and additional information about the PWRK$CONFIG.COM command procedure, refer to the Server Installation and Configuration Guide for your Advanced Server product.
In an OpenVMS Cluster, if you attempt to start the License Manager on a node that is not running on the active License Server and the License Server is active on another member of the cluster, the error message in Figure 4-4, License Server Startup Error Message, appears.
Figure 4-4 License Server Startup Error Message
To run the License Manager, issue the ADMINISTER/LICENSE_MANAGER
command on the node that is running the active License Server (defined
as ALPHA in the License Server Startup Error Message).
4.3 Navigating in the License Manager
The following tables describe the keys and buttons you use to navigate within and between the License Manager screens. You can control the License Manager using a mouse or using keys on the keyboard. Using the mouse, you can navigate through the License Manager screens by pointing and clicking on the desired item to select (highlight) items in the menus, scroll boxes, or dialog boxes. This discussion assumes you are using a DECterm window or an equivalent emulator.
|Use this key...||To...|
|Arrow keys||Navigate up and down lists and input fields, and across menu options and buttons.|
|F10||Select a menu.|
|Comma (keypad)||Enable and disable selection of multiple lines in a scroll region. When you perform an action on multiple lines (for example, removing a group), a confirmation box is displayed. For information on confirmation box options, see Table 4-2, Confirmation Box Selections.|
|Space bar||Enable or disable the item selection. Selected items are highlighted.|
|Tab||Move the cursor from field to field in a screen or dialog box.|
|Return||Display the screen or dialog box associated after selecting a task and remove the message window after an error message has been displayed.|
|Hot key||Select the menu item list or input field whose hot key is highlighted. Used with PF1, they are the letters in the menu items that are underlined. For example, press PF1 G at the View menu for a list of server groups.|
|PF1, V||View Menu|
|PF1, A||Actions Menu|
|PF1, O||Options Menu|
|YES||Confirm the action for each item selected.|
|YES TO ALL||Perform the action on all selected items.|
|CANCEL||Cancel the action.|
|Use this button...||To...|
|OK||Confirm the actions you performed on a particular screen. After choosing this button in a dialog box associated with a screen, you are returned to the screen. After choosing this button at the bottom of a screen, you are returned to the previous screen.|
|Help||Display help text. To exit the screen, press Return. To exit the list of topics, press F10.|
|Cancel||Cancel the actions you just performed.|
When you enter values in a dialog box that has several fields, use the
up and down arrow keys to navigate back and forth between the fields.
You can back up through the fields in this way to change a value as
long as you have not pressed Return to commit the values.
4.4 Performing License Server Tasks
In most cases, invoking the License Manager enables the License Server. HP recommends that you disable the License Server before you use the License Manager to add, move, or remove any licenses within license groups. However, it is not necessary to disable the License Server before performing other operations. If the License Server is enabled while you manage licenses, it can assign the same licenses you are managing, causing unpredictable results.
Whenever you exit the License Manager, the License Server is automatically reenabled.
In certain circumstances, if the License Server finds no License Server state file in the PWRK$LICENSE: directory, the License Server disables itself, logs a message in the License Server log file and operator console, creates the default License Server state file, and remains disabled until the License Manager enables it. For additional information about the License Server state file, see Section 3.1, License Server State Files.
To disable or enable a License Server, follow these steps:
Figure 4-5 Server Enable/Disable Screen
PWRK$LOGS is defined in the system logical name table when the License Server is started. The servername is usually the OpenVMS Cluster alias or the node name of the system the License Server is running on. For example, if your node is NASCAR, the file name and location is:
You can disable the logging of all events except server startup and fatal server errors.
If you are experiencing any problems with the license management
software, HP recommends that you enable the logging of all
types of License Server events. This will provide you with a
comprehensive log file that provides information to assist in
troubleshooting licensing problems.
126.96.36.199 Selecting Events for Logging
Figure 4-6 Log File Options Screen
|Cancel||Cancel your selections.|
|Clear All||Clear all settings.|
|Select All||Select all settings.|
|Help||Get help on log file options.|
|Start New Logfile||Create a new log file instead of continuing to append information to the existing log file. The log file can become long. This option allows you to start a log file from today.|
To create a new version of the log file, follow these steps:
1 These events have logging enabled by default when the License Server is first started.
Figure 4-7 Add License Product Screen
You can use the same procedure to add additional product licenses later.
4.5.2 Removing Product Licenses
When removing the product licenses from the License Manager, first remove them from the LMF database as described in the HP OpenVMS License Management Utility Manual. If you do not remove the licenses from the LMF database, they may continue to be assigned to clients.
Removing all licenses for a product from the License Manager and the LMF database prevents clients from acquiring a license the next time they try. If removed licenses are currently assigned to clients, those licenses are revoked and the client is informed that the license was revoked the next time the client attempts to verify the license.
To remove all licenses for a product, follow these steps:
By default, the list of products are displayed by product name. Perform the following steps to specify a different sort option:
The selected sort option also effects the sort order for any product reports generated. (See Section 4.5.6, Generating Product Reports.)
Figure 4-8 Sort Options for Products Screen