FlexNet Manager for Microsoft

Automated Microsoft Software License Management and Software License Optimization

Optimize Microsoft Licensing to Reduce Cost and Risk

FlexNet Manager for Microsoft is a scalable Microsoft license compliance and Software License Optimization solution that is built on the FlexNet Manager Platform. This Microsoft license manager product automates and optimizes entitlement based software license management to enable the reduction of license, maintenance and audit costs for Microsoft server software, as well as SaaS applications such as Office 365, while maintaining license compliance.

FlexNet Manager for Microsoft provides next generation software asset management functionality including Microsoft license optimization through the application of vendor-specific license entitlements known as product use rights. The included Microsoft Product Use Rights Library enables FlexNet Manager for Microsoft to determine an accurate license position and minimize license consumption to provide the fastest return on investment. FlexNet Manager for Microsoft allows organizations to achieve the highest level of Software License Optimization maturity—Level 4, for Microsoft software asset management processes. FlexNet Manager for Microsoft is part of the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises used by hundreds of enterprises to gain control of and optimize spend across their software estate.

Leverages FlexNet Manager Platform to Provide Visibilty and Control

  • Provides scalable hardware and software asset management (HAM and SAM) across more than 18,333 publishers and 181,927 applications, providing insight into installed software and application usage
  • Delivers purchased versus installed license reconciliation
  • Comprehensive reporting capabilities allow users to identify and evaluate areas of license compliance concern and make informed decisions that reduce license and maintenance costs
  • Out-of-the-box connectivity to Microsoft SCCM, as well as connectors for other third party inventory and configuration management tools
  • Provides connectivity to HR, Active Directory, procurement, ERP and other systems for user, computer, purchasing and organizational data

Software License Optimization for Microsoft Reduces On-going Software Costs

  • Enables true enterprise-wide license optimization for Microsoft products using the Microsoft Product Use Rights Library to automatically apply license entitlements. Use rights can dramatically affect the number of licenses consumed by an organization, and therefore must be taken into account to minimize costs and ensure software compliance.
  • Determines an accurate license position and minimizes license consumption
  • Contains the license entitlements provided by Microsoft purchase agreements, such as Enterprise Agreements (EA), Select Agreements, and Software Assurance (SA). These rights include: upgrade, downgrade, right of second use, multiple versions and virtual environment use rights

Proactively Manage Your Software Estate Using ‘What If' Analysis

  • Provides industry-first ‘What If’ Analysis capabilities that allow organizations to see the impact of hardware and software changes on their license position, before the changes are actually made
  • Supports Microsoft processor and core based license models
  • Actions such as modifying hardware properties, moving virtual machines across hosts or installation of a new software title can be simulated, providing an estimated license position and financial impact that reflects these changes.
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Report on optimized license position and cost savings with FlexNet Manager for Microsoft

FlexNet Manager for Microsoft allows organizations to more effectively "use what they have and only buy what they need" for Microsoft licenses and software. Learn more about the other products in the FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises.

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Product Use Rights Library

FlexNet Manager for Microsoft includes a Product Use Rights Library for Microsoft that enables it to determine an accurate license position and optimize license consumption. Product Use Rights vary depending on the type of software license agreement used to buy the software (e.g. Enterprise Agreement, Select Plus Agreement, etc.).

These rights include:

  • Upgrade—the right to use the latest version of the software as soon as it becomes available. (A Software Assurance benefit).
  • Downgrade—the right to use an older version of the software than the version purchased.
  • Right of second use (aka portable use)—the right to use the software on both a desktop and a laptop with the same owner and only consume one license.
  • Multiple versions—the right to have multiple versions of the same application installed on one device and only consume one license.
  • Virtual environment use rights—the rights associated with running the software on a virtual machine, virtual desktop or as a virtualized application.
  • Roaming Use Rights—these rights define how users can remotely access server based virtual desktops from third party devices, or run the software in a virtual OS environment on a third party device. These rights apply to Office 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013, for example.
  • License Mobility Rights—the right to move on-premises software to the cloud to run on third party shared servers.

When creating new licenses from purchase order SKU data, the product use rights are applied automatically, which minimizes the amount of effort required to model entitlements in FlexNet Manager for Microsoft.

‘What If’ Analysis

Simulation capability is provided for Microsoft server based-licenses allowing customers to perform "What If" analysis to understand the licensing implications of a change to their IT environment.

This ‘What If’ Analysis feature enables the calculation of a new Microsoft license position considering:

  • Hardware change
  • Shared processor pool settings changes or the addition or removal of shared processor pools
  • Virtual Machine (VM) property changes
  • A change of physical host for virtual machines
  • Addition or removal of software installations

What If Analysis provides information on the financial impact of the change from a software licensing perspective.

Support for Microsoft License Models

Server Core License Type
A license type called the Microsoft Server Core License is available to model the licensing of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 products. This license type factors in the latest licensing rules from Microsoft for server products using a core-based metric. This includes the core factor table attached to it, the minimum core counts on virtual machines for which the license is applicable, and the limit on the number of Operating System Environments (OSE) permitted for each core license.

Server Processor License Model
License models for Microsoft server products licensed using the processor metric are also available. They cover products such as Windows Server 2012 (one license covers 2 physical processors), SQL Server (pre-2012), BizTalk, Commerce Server and Forefront.

Microsoft System Center License Models
FlexNet Manager for Microsoft supports two new System Center licenses for the desktop: The Microsoft System Center Client User License and the Microsoft System Center Device License.

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