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Network Devices counted as OS Instances

After upgrading to 10.1 Network Devices take OS Instance Licenses.

 

 

In the CSO Training it is explained as follows:

OS Usage Counting Explained
The Counting TQL

Include all Computers
Include all nodes without node role of network device
Excluding nodes without OSFamily attribute value
Include nodes that have running software
Excluding DNS server, Agents, RunningSoftware concrete CIT
Exclude list of CITs:
Network Devices, ClusterResourceGroup, HP Complex, HP NonStop, IBM Frame, Mainframe CPC, Terminal Server

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In our upgraded system we notice that for Routers/Switches OS Licenses are consumed, from our point of view this is not correct

 

 

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hi Sanjit,

 

Yes, routers/switches should be excluded. Could you please provide more details, how do you know that those consume OS licenses?

 

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hi,

 

Such CIs should not  be counted in OS license. Could you please provide an example of such CI that you think it is being counted to make sure it has role of network device? (Please ad screenshot with all properties values) 

 

Regards,

Bianca

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

we are seeing the very same behavior after migrating to 10.10 on our environment. please see the below screenshots for more details on this:

 

licensing for the system. as you can see, there are currently 163 OS instances in use on the system.

 

 

 

now we can take a look at the number of ci instances in order to find out, how many of these 163 os instances are computers and how many are network devices:

 

 

as you can see there is a total of 115 network devices and only 49 computers (this is a test environment). since there are only 49 computer but 163 licenses used, it means that the netdevices are consuming licenses.

 

please see the node_role attribute for one of the 115 netdevices. all netdevices are child types like lan_switch or router.

 

 

 

 

so it is clear that the netdevices are consuming license points, which should not be the case according to the documentation.

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hello,

 

Thank you for the added information.  

Can you please create a pattern view with a Node grouped by noderole attribute and share the view execution results screenshot.

Do you have a citype named lan_switch in the system?

 

My assumption is that because of this noderole value it doesn't match to node with role network device hence the ci is counted.

 

Regards,

Bianca

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

hello Bianca

 

thanks a lot for your reply in this matter.

 

there is no ci type "lan_switch" present in our system. the value "lan_switch" is a value in the NodeRole attribute of the netword devices we are seeing in our system.

 

 

as you can see, when searchig for lan_switch in ci type manager there is no result.

 

 

the "lan_switch" value in the NodeRole attribute is being generated by the "Host Connection by SNMP" discovery job in our case. all our network devices at this point on the lab environment are created by this discvoery job. but we have run tests in the past with the HP NNMi integration as described in the documentation. and all the devices from NNMi were also counting towards the licensing limit. possibly also because their NodeRole attribute was "lan_switch" or "router".

 

not really sure if this is the information you were looking for. i have created a quick pattern view with only the ci type Node in it. here is the result of the view sorted by the NodeRole attribute. As you can see the attribute is always more specifc in terms of identifying if the network device is a Switch or a Router.

 

 

let me know if you are looking for any other information than what i have provided...

 

thanks for your help

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hi Tibor,

 

This might need further investigation and I think that it would be best to do it in a support case. Please open one if you haven't already and add all the information you provided in this thread. 

 

Regards,

Bianca

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hi Tibor

Are those network devices have any running software?

 

thanks

Ido

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

These devices are mainly Cisco Devices, so they have no Running Software
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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hello sanjit_asc,

Thank you for using the uCMDB community forum.


If those Cisco devices are routers and switches they have Cisco IOS (Internetwork Operating System). They have active roles in the network topology that is way they are network nodes.


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Nikola

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

hi all

- Bianca: We have an open support case for this issue. at this point no additional information from the case side. we're pretty much on the same page as we are here. might see this one going to R&D

- Ido: Since they all have been discovered by the Host Connection by SNMP adapter they all have a related SNMP Agent CI which is obviously a child CI type of Running Software. Beside this NO ... there are no other Running Software instances related to the network devices.

- Nikola: Sorry but i don not understand the point you're making. As you're correctly mentioning the devices in question are network devices. So why are they consuming uCMDB OS instance licneses? This is the question here.

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Re: Network Devices counted as OS Instances

Hello tibornad,
Thank you for your valuable comments.


Those network devices have network operating systems. That is why they consume OS licenses.


Best Regards,
Nikola

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