Get more out of your floating licenses

OpenLM is a complete floating license management solution designed to optimize the use of licensed software: more production for lower cost.
OpenLM is made to harvest idle licenses, and improve license utilization of any organization: big or small.

Who was the OpenLM Utilizer Designed For?

Unlike other license management systems that only offer administration and license monitoring statistics, the OpenLM Utilizer optimizes license usage in a unique manner that provides all personnel with useful license-related functions.

Organization managers:

  • Know what you have: Inventory.
  • Plan license maintenance and procurement of expensive licenses.
  • Charge projects or business units for software usage time.
  • Cut costs by dropping maintenance for licenses that are no longer in use.

Administrator view:

  • Real time license usage management
  • Alerts – Real time troubleshooting
  • Extract usage statistics information and patterns as reports or charts.
  • Roles and Permissions: Grant licenses according to specific Users’ permissions. Enforce concurrent License restriction.

End User View:

  • End users are not kept in the dark. They are informed about the status of denied licenses.
  • Receive a License availability notification when a license becomes vacant.
  • Who is using the license I need?
  • What is this person’s contact details?

Supported features

License managers:

  • OpenLM interfaces a wide variety of license managers, e.g.: FLEXlm / Flexnet, IBM LUM, Sentinel RMS, Sentinel HASP, RLM, DSLS and other leading license managers.
  • OpenLM supports Concurrent monitoring of multiple license servers on multiple time zones.
  • OpenLM supports management of Floating, Node-locked and Borrowed licenses.

Monitoring capabilities:

  • Easily review license inventory in real time.
  • Extract license activity reports, with configurable resolution.
  • Receive FLEXlm reports, statistics and charting (FLEXnet reports).
  • Receive Billing reports for any time period, per user or software (FLEXbill capabilities).

Infrastructure:

  • OpenLM may work over WAN and LAN networks.
  • OpenLM employs a web-based user interface that works with any supported browser.
  • A Mobile interface application enhances monitoring abilities for system administrators.
  • OpenLM may interface license managers that run on UNIX, Linux, or Windows’ Operating systems
  • OpenLM supports both external and embedded databases.

Proactive capabilities:

  • Release orphan licenses with a single mouse click.
  • Query users and licenses from any workstation.

Other features

  • A customizable alert system
  • An open, detailed API

OpenLM Architecture

OpenLM’s basic software package includes the core OpenLM Server module and its user interface; the OpenLM EasyAdmin module. In addition to these core components, the OpenLM Broker, OpenLM Alerts module and the OpenLM Utilizer Agent modules are also incorporated in the basic software package.

The OpenLM Server

is the core element of the OpenLM system. It integrates the functionality of all other peripheral system components, such as the OpenLM EasyAdmin, OpenLM Agent, OpenLM Alerts, and OpenLM Broker. The OpenLM Server is implemented as a Windows service and could be installed on any network machine.

OpenLM EasyAdmin

An HTTP based application that can run on any machine in your network. EasyAdmin is the reporting and management interface of OpenLM. It facilitates extraction of lisence usage statistics, and usage repots, as well as the control and optimization of license usage.

OpenLM Agent

An optional component that can be installed on any machine on the network. The Agent enables end users to query license availability and find who is using the license they need at any point in time.

OpenLM Alerts

is a dedicated alerting service for the OpenLM system. This module alerts system administrators when predefined conditions are met.

OpenLM Broker

is an optional server component that runs on the license server machine. The Broker performs tasks as dictated by OpenLM Server, and is required in order to provide advanced licensing information and sophisticated abilities.

OpenLM Screenshots

Watch the OpenLM EasyAdmin screenshots on the OpenLM site.

Want to evaluate the software ?

You can get the most updated version of OpenLM Utilizer from our OpenLM downloads area. After filling in your name and email – you’d be directed to the Downloads section. The Installation process is easy and straightforward, but if you still need any assistance – Please send an email to support@openlm.com, and we’ll be glad to help.

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Sharepoint Webparts: License usage & Active Products

General

The OpenLM license monitoring and control tool employs various User Interfaces, from which Managers, Administrators and Users may extract data regarding applications’ license utilization and availability. These interfaces include the EasyAdmin web application, the OpenLM Mobile application, and the Agent client interface.

OpenLM also provides a comprehensive API for developers that enables users to add functionality to the system. API implementation capabilities are extensive, and may be applied for

  • Creating additional end user interfaces similar to EasyAdmin or the OpenLM Agent.

  • Including OpenLM Capabilities in other software products.

  • Assuring license availability in batch jobs.

  • Support of additional systems, etc.

SharePoint

Organizational portals are popular web applications that capacitate quick and easy development of informations system. These systems also enhance knowledge sharing within organizations and act as platforms for operational system.

Microsoft SharePoint is a specifically popular organizational portal. After receiving numerous requests for implementation tips we have decided to publish the following code sample as a possible implementation of OpenLM on a SharePoint platform.

This sample code is provided as is, as a full open source reference. It implements two of EasyAdmin’s popular report windows: Active Poducts & Lisence Usage.

OpenLM API

OpenLM has released a set of open APIs for users who wish to apply the capabilities embedded in the OpenLM software for use in their own applications. These APIs may accommodate querying of the license management system for current and historical license usage, querying available licenses’ status, and license report management.

The  “Active Products” and “License Usage” Webparts are implemented using these APIs.  They communicate with the OpenLM Server via XML-based request and response messages: The Server receives requests in the POST method, and returns the corresponding response in XML format.

SharePoint Code Sample

Scope

This code sample is brought as is, and serves as an example for implementing license management applications via OpenLM APIs.

Code sample

public static XElement GetResponse(string xmlRequest, string requestUrl)
{
HttpWebRequest httpRequest = (HttpWebRequest)System.Net.WebRequest.Create(requestUrl);
httpRequest.Method = “POST”;
Encoding encoding = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding(“utf-8”);
byte[] postData = encoding.GetBytes(xmlRequest.ToString());

// Set the content type of the data being posted.
httpRequest.ContentType = “text/xml”;

// Set the content length of the string being posted.
httpRequest.ContentLength = postData.Length;

Stream reqStream = httpRequest.GetRequestStream();
reqStream.Write(postData, 0, postData.Length);
reqStream.Close();

// Get Response
HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)httpRequest.GetResponse();
Stream respStream = response.GetResponseStream();

// Pipes the stream to a higher level stream reader with the required encoding format.
StreamReader readStream = new StreamReader(respStream, encoding);

XElement xmlResponse = XElement.Parse(readStream.ReadToEnd());

// Releases the resources of the response.
response.Close();
// Releases the resources of the Stream.
readStream.Close();

return xmlResponse;
}

Communication

Communication between the WebParts and the OpenLM Server is handled by a Helper class with the GetResponse Method:

  • GetResponse receives the service URL and the XML request string as parameters from both WebParts.

  • The Helper object compiles the request message, and sends it to the destined URL.

  • The same Helper object receives the corresponding response message and parses it.

“Active Products” and “License Usage” Webparts’ base

Both WebParts have two common properties; the Service URL and the XML Request. The ReportBaseWebPart class serves as the base class for the Active Products and License Usage WebParts. ReportBaseWebPart defines the two common properties (URL and XML), and validates them using the overridden method CreateChildControls.

Active Products WebPart

The ActiveProducts WebPart inherits from OpenLM’s custom class ReportBaseWebPart. This WebPart renders a grid with values obtained by the OpenLM Server’s response.  The CreateChildControl method builds a table containing this data.

In order to enhance the generated table, a jQuery plugin named dataTables (www.datatables.net) is used. This plugin enables filtering based on a free text search, sorting and paging with configurable page size.

License Usage WebPart

The LicenseUsage WebPart inherits from our custom class ReportBaseWebPart. This WebPart renders a chart with values obtained by the OpenLM Server’s response.  The CreateChildControl method builds a chart containing this data.

In order to render the chart, we used a jQuery plugin named Flot (http://code.google.com/p/flot/).

Screenshot

The following is a screenshot image of the two webparts, as they are seen in the Sharepoint environment.

Summary

The SharePoint webpart example demonstrates adding OpenLM to an organizational portal. There many options for configuring OpenlM via API, and we encourage our users’ community to implement it in-house and, if possible, share the code with the other users.

Our new users web forum contains a developers’ section that accommodates posting of code segments and questions that other users may be able to answer.

We believe that the use of these WebParts would contribute to the continuous monitoring of licenses with no additional effort, in organization that have implemented the Sharepoint portal. Moreover, additional functionality may be added in the same way, and OpenLM awaits the feedback of SharePoint users in order to enhance this ability.

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