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OpenLM Version 4 Released

On October 15th 2017, OpenLM version 4 was released and is now available for download. New capabilities have been added to all of the OpenLM Core components which comprise OpenLM Server, OpenLM Broker and OpenLM Agent, plus three of the extensions – OpenLM Alerts, OpenLM Directory Synchronization and OpenLM Reporting Hub. The related product OpenLM App Manager v4 was released in parallel.

The full-featured version of the new release can be downloaded from the OpenLM website for a 30-day evaluation. Existing OpenLM users with a valid maintenance agreement can upgrade for free. Download here https://www.openlm.com/download/

The enhancements are listed briefly below:

OpenLM Core – OpenLM Server Component

Who benefits? All admins

  1. Denials for multiple pools. OpenLM can now identify the appropriate license pool even when the denial data lacks valid pool information.
  2. Configuration. Simpler configuration of new license managers. OpenLM Broker sends a notification and you just need to accept it one time on the license servers screen.
  3. System Alerts. Two new system event types – OpenLM Broker command execution status and LDAP start and finish events – are now shown on the alerts screen.
  4. Denials Report. Email and version information now added to the report.
  5. License Usage Report filter. Selection of workstations has now been added to the filter screen.
  6. Workstation filter improvements. Now any number of named workstations can be selected in the workstation filter and wildcards can be used.
  7. Groups window improvements. There are now 2 display options: Tree View and List View. Tree view is the same as the previous version; List View has been added and contains a search capability.
  8. New API methods. New methods have been added to provide data for: Summary report, service ports, denials, license activity, projects, user details, group details and user-vendor details.
  9. Reporting resolution . Report resolution now by second for license managers Sentinel RMS and Reprise RLM. Denials Reporting now added for license managers Sentinel RMS, Reprise RLM, BetaLM and LS-DYNA
  10. Reporting of combined application usage. Differentiation in the reporting of application use where some are checked out via the network-based license manager while others are not. This is a powerful tool in helping to optimize between network-licensed and workstation-licensed instances of the same application or feature and also in identifying use of unauthorized licenses . This feature is applicable only where the OpenLM App Manager is installed and implemented as well.

OpenLM Core – OpenLM Broker Component

Who benefits? Admins of OpenLM configurations incorporating OpenLM Broker

  1. Simplified configuration. The commands definitions option has been moved  from Advanced Settings to Port Commands and is configurable for each port.
  2. Windows service configuration. Previously available only for Flexera Flexnet, Windows Service configuration and default start/stop commands with NET START/STOP are now applicable to all license managers running on Windows as service.
  3. RMS detection. RMS license manager settings are now detected by OpenLM Broker in a similar way to FlexLM, DSLS and LMX.

OpenLM Core – OpenLM Agent Component

Who benefits? Application end users where OpenLM Agent is implemented

  1. Current usage report. Paging added.
  2. Performance improvements. Faster response time.

OpenLM Directory Synchronization Extension

Who benefits? Admins of OpenLM where the OpenLM Directory Synchronization extension is implemented

  1. edirectory. eDirectory is now supported, including SSL protocol.
  2. Custom LDAP attributes. Now user-defined LDAP attributes can be specified (option: ‘User Attribute – Group users with same attribute’)
  3. Custom LDAP objects. An option has been added for choosing schema customization objects (option: ‘Hierarchical – Create groups of users according to’)

OpenLM Alerts Extension

Who benefits? Admins of OpenLM and  application end users where the OpenLM Alerts extension is implemented

  1. Start / stop license manager. A new type of alert action has been added that will allow you to specify running the start, stop, reread or restart command on the license manager.
  2. Duplicate license usage calculation. You can now choose the method of ascertaining duplicate usage.
  3. Notify involved users. For rule types usage, session duration and duplicate license usage, an option now exists to send email to the user involved in triggering the alert.
  4. Feature usage percentage calculation. The method of aggregating usage percentage can now be specified as either per single feature or for all selected features combined.
  5. Notification email subject. An option has been added to the email notification alert action to append text to the standard text sent as the email subject.
  6. Email alert format. Email alert messages are now more easy to read.

OpenLM Reporting Hub Extension

Who benefits? Admins of OpenLM where the OpenLM Reporting Hub is implemented

  1. Package dimension. Package information now added as a separate dimension.
  2. Idle time. Idle time measurement tables added for raw idle sessions and calculated daily idle times.
  3. Versioning. Version code added to the ETL launch file, database and sample reports.
  4. New table that combines all versions as a single feature.
  5. Compatibility. Fully compatible with OpenLM v4.
  6. Firebird. Firebird databases now supported.
  7. SQL support. Connection can be be made to SQL Server instances in addition to ports.

OpenLM App Manager

Who benefits? Admins of organizations in which OpenLM App Manager is implemented.

  1. Floating license adjustment. OpenLM App Manager now has an option to bind an application feature monitored at the workstation level to a license manager-controlled feature and adjust the usage data accordingly (done for selected vendors). See also ‘Reporting of combined application usage’ under ‘OpenLM Server’ above.
  2. License consumption policy by process. A new license consumption policy type has been added that will count all the processes of the same application even if they are running on the same computer. This option lets you monitor software working according to the per process model and track application usage for each individual process running.
  3. Unconditional rules. A rule has been added that can allow or deny checkout events for all users.
  4. Sequencing. Rules with the most conditions are now applied first.
  5. Default deny. When App Manager is installed, there is now a default rule to deny access to all users.
  6. Rules for packages. If a policy is configured to use a package, the package name can be used as the ‘application’.
  7. Application limit can now be set to “Unlimited” meaning usage is reported to OpenLM Core, but without limiting the number of consumed licenses.

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