Monitoring ESRI ArcGIS borrowed licenses – KB4001a3
License Borrowing is a method of linking a specific workstation to a single license instance from within the license pool. This procedure marks a license as being perpetually used on the license manager, enables users to borrow a product license for a designated period, and to operate the licensed application without connecting to the license manager.
OpenLM presents the identity of users who have borrowed ESRI licenses.
ESRI license administrators have long noticed that license borrowers are not identified by license server querying, i.e. by running lmutil -lmstat commands. Instead, the borrowed user is identified as “Activated License(s)”, which isn’t very helpful in understanding who is taking the license you need now.
Audit log information
By combining information from multiple sources, the OpenLM Server is able to determine the identity of license borrowers: Usage information is provided by License server querying, while the cross reference between the borrowed license and the user identity is provided by the ESRI Audit log.
The OpenLM Broker
The OpenLM Broker is an optional component which is run on the license server machine. One of the Broker’s many benefits is its capability to read the Audit log information, and propagate it to the OpenLM Server, which extracts the identity of ESRI license borrowers.
This is yet another unique capability provided by OpenLM for Monitoring, Managing and Optimizing the usage of ESRI ArcGIS licenses.
How is it done?
For more information on how to install the OpenLM Server and OpenLM Broker, and how to read the Audit log file, please refer to this document.
For more information about the OpenLM Broker, and OpenLM benefits for ESRI users, please refer to these articles: