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Active Agent Extensions

Active Agent Extensions identifies idle open sessions and safely releases them in order improve license utilization

Methods of idle license harvesting

There are several methods for achieving idle license retrieval in OpenLM, all require the installation of the OpenLM Agent on end-users’ workstations, and are based on monitoring activity levels of predefined processes on those workstations. The capabilities provided by OpenLM are:

1. Idle time monitoring and Manual retrieval

Idle time period is shown in the OpenLM EasyAdmin ‘Start’ → ‘Operational’ → “Currently consumed licenses” → “Recent App. Idle period” column. This information is sampled by the OpenLM Agent module on each client workstation, and propagated to the OpenLM server. Please read more about this capability here.

Required extension:

Actual_Usage

Limitation

Requires the installation of OpenLM Agent modules on end users workstation.

2. Suspend and Resume

OpenLM detects an idle process, and identifies its respective license. The license is released into the common license pool, and the application is “frozen” until a license is reclaimed. This method is a global one, intended for all sorts of FlexLM licensed applications. Please read more about this capability here.

Required extension:

Active_Suspend_Resume

Limitations

  • Requires the installation of OpenLM Agent modules on end users workstation.
  • Only applicable to FlexLM license-file managed applications. Not applicable to FlexLM “Trusted storage” licenses (e.g.: ArcGIS and new Solidworks licenses).

3. Save and Close

In the ”Save and Close” method, an idle application is identified, the user’s work is saved, and the application is actively shut down. The application is not just suspended, as opposed to the ”Suspend and Resume” method. Please read more about this capability here.

The ”Save and Close”method is only applicable to specific licensed application vendors: ESRI (vendors of ArcGIS), Autodesk (vendors of AutoCAD), MathWorks (vendors of Matlab), and Solidworks (New). These applications are named by convention “Extension Supported” applications.

Required extension:

The required extensions are Active_Agent_ARCGIS, Active_Agent_adskflex, Active_Agent_MLM and Active_Agent_SW_D respectively.

Limitation

  • Requires the installation of OpenLM Agent modules on end users workstation.
  • Only applicable to Autodesk, ArcGIS, Matlab and Solidworks.

4. Enhanced Agent procedures

OpenLM has been requested by many customers to enhance its license retrieval capabilities. These requests included:

  1. General purpose license retrieval for licenses managed by any type of license server, not restricted to FlexLM.
  2. Conditional license retrieval (e.g.: “close idle application A only if application B is inactive”)
  3. Close idle applications for ‘Unmanaged’ licenses, i.e.: licenses that are not managed by a license server, or that their LM is not natively queried by OpenLM

OpenLM 3.1 has provided a script-based, flexible, configurable mechanism to facilitate such requests and accommodate future scenarios. Please read more about this capability here.

Required extension:

Enhanced_Agent_Procedures

Limitation:

Requires the installation of OpenLM Agent modules on end users workstation

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