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The information on this page refers to License Statistics v6.0, which no longer allows customizing the query interval (it is now set to 1 minute). If you are running an older version of License Statistics, see documentation for versions prior to v6.0.

This glossary lists terms that are specific to License Statistics and feature usage monitoring.

Actions

License request

A request made by a user to obtain a particular software license.

Usage

Refers to the use of a license, which means that the license is taken from a pool of available licenses.

A user can use two licenses of the same feature, as shown below.

Users Using License


Borrow
A type of license usage that allows a user to use a floating license without being connected to the license server.
Denial  
The denial of a request for a license.
License Reservation

License is assigned to a specific user and cannot be utilized by another user without an administrator reassigning the license to another user. 

For reservations, a "user" is defined by a set of rules with various parameters, which may include the following, depending on the license server:

  • Dynamic
  • User
  • User Group
  • Host
  • Host Group
  • IP
  • Project
  • Display
Realtime Denial
The denial of a request for a license monitored in real time.
Denied Requests Log
One or more log files that contain data about denials.
Feature Versioning

When Feature Versioning is set, features shown in lists include a separate entry for each version of that feature, and are named feature_version throughout License Statistics.

Monitoring  
Gathering realtime information from a particular license server about feature usage details.
Importing  
Gathering information from a license server log file about feature usage details.
Last Update Time
The last time at which License Statistics received an update from a license server.

Entities

Software
An application.
Log file
One or more ASCII text files written by a license server. 
License
License for particular software.
Feature

The definition of a license.

The parts of a feature are:

  1. Name (for example, Windows).
  2. Version (one feature can have multiple versions, such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and so on).
  3. Type, which can be:
    1. Floating
    2. Node-locked
    3. Token

As shown in the diagram below, a feature is defined by its name, version and type. There can be multiple versions with the same name, but each version can have only three license types: nodelocked, floating, or token. Although the features may share the same name, each feature with a different version and/or type is an individual, unique feature.

Feature

 

License manager

A solution that provides the ability to manage licenses.
User  

An application or person that requests a license.

Technically unique User in all contexts is a unique username.

Host  

The computer on which a user is accessing a license.

A user can use a feature on more than one host, and a host can be used by more than one user, as shown below.

User on Hosts

Technically uniqueness of the Host depends on the context:

  • for reporting purposes, tracking licenses usage and denials: unique pair of hostname and ip address 
  • for administration and licensing purposes: unique hostname


License server

Software hosting licenses for a single software vendor. A license server can be one of the following:

  • Imported license server: A license server from which data was imported.
  • Realtime license server: A license server for which data was gathered through monitoring.
  • Monitored license server: Realtime license server for which license usage data is being gathered. 
  • License server group: Two or more license servers that are treated as one. 
Vendor
The manufacturer of a software application using a particular license manager.
Gathering type  
The license server type (Realtime or Imported).
Linux systemRefers to Linux x64 platform.
Windows systemRefers to Win64 platform.