Interfacing the OSKA License Manager - KB4001r - OpenLM Software License Management
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Interfacing the OSKA License Manager – KB4001r

OpenLM supports license monitoring of a wide, and ever growing variety of license managers. This application note elaborates the steps required to configure OpenLM to interface the OSKA License Manager, and obtain reliable license reports and usage statistics.

In a nutshell, the OSKA license server is configured to provide a periodic XML file OpenLM parses this XML file and presents the usage results in the EasyAdmin web application.

Required installations

Monitoring of the OSKA license server requires the installation of:

  • OpenLM Broker on the OSKA license server machine, and
  • OpenLM Server on any Windows machine on the network (including the OSKA license server machine), as elaborated below.

The OpenLM Broker will query the OSKA license server locally, and propagate the data to the OpenLM Server.

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Configuration of the OpenLM Server

In order to configure OpenLM to work with the OSKA License Manager, follow this procedure:

1. Download and install the OpenLM Server.

2. Open the OpenLM Server configuration tool.

3. Select the License Servers tab, and click Add.

4. From the Type drop-down menu, select “OpenLM Generic“.

5. Type in a descriptive text in the Description text box (e.g.: “my OSKA license server”).

6. Set the Time Zone to where the License Server physically resides (e.g.: Istanbul UTC+3).

7. Type in the license server’s hostname or IP in the Hostname text box (e.g. oska_server)

Note that the exact same name will need to be used in the OpenLM Broker configuration as well (see below).

8. The OSKA license manager does not require the configuration of a specific port, but the OpenLM Server configuration does. Type in an arbitrary port number in the port text box(e.g. 12345).

Note that the same number will need to be used in the OpenLM Broker configuration as well (see below).

9. “Is Triad Configuration”: OpenLM supports multiple server redundancy configurations for several types of license servers (e.g.: FlexLM, DSLS, IBM LUM). At the time of writing this article, OpenLM does not yet support multiple server redundancy for OSKA . Keep this box unchecked.

10. Clear the “OpenLM Server remotely queries license manager” check box, asserting that Usage information is obtained by the OpenLM Broker installation on the License manager machine.

11. Click Apply, and then consecutively the “Restart now” button.

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Configuration of the OpenLM Broker

1. Download and install the latest OpenLM Broker version. Follow the installation and configuration instructions on the OpenLM Broker Application Note:

OpenLM Broker installation Guide: Quick Reference – AN4004a

2. Type in the OpenLM Server hostname (e.g. my_openLM_server)

3. Set the OpenLM Broker – OpenLM Server communication port number. Its default is 7016. Make sure the OpenLM server Port is open for inbound communication.

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4. Set the License Servers characteristics exactly as in the OpenLM Server Configuration tool (listed above):

  • Highlight the License Servers node
  • Click ‘Add’ -> “License Server”.
  • Type in the License server’s hostname (e.g. oska_server), and click Apply.

5. Add a Port to the the newly named License server:

  • Click on the oska_server node
  • Click ‘Add’ → ‘Port’, and click OK.
  • Type in the same port number as configured on the OpenLM Server configuration tool (e.g. 12345)
  • In the “License Manager Type” drop box, select OpenLM_Generic.
  • Click Apply and then OK.

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6. Open the Commands section and select data_inquiry. Type in the full path to the OSKA data inquiry command: OpenLMConsole.exe

In this example, the command is:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\OSKA\OpenLMConsole.exe”

You can download the OpenLMConsole.exe file from here: http://www.openlm.com/Utils/OpenLMConsole.exe

7. Click the ‘Execute’ button to check the operation of the Data Inquiry command.

8. Click the Apply button.

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9. Repeat stages 6 thru 8  with the ‘Status’ command.

10. Expand the Vendors ‘+’ sign and type ‘OSKA’ in the Vendor text box.

11. Click ‘Apply’. If prompted by the “Vendor details changed, do you want to update the commands with the new data” – click ‘No’.

12. Click the “Restart Broker” button.

That’s it !

Your OpenLM system is configured to present OSKA license usage information. If you require any further assistance on this subject – please contact Support@OpenLM.com, and our team will be glad to assist.

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