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Re: who is counted as a user



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On 23 Aug 2013 14:16, Jerry Draper wrote:
When counting users on an IBMi system, who counts as a user for IBM
licensing considerations?

Certainly interactive users would count but what about application
batch jobs that run continuously?

I would guest that any job running under an IBM Q profile would not
count.

The following web search could be helpful:
http://www.google.com/search?q=user+based+licensing+i5%2Fos+faq

One link that should be found with the above search:
IBM i 6.1 Information Center -> i5/OS and related software -> Maintaining and managing i5/OS and related software -> Working with software agreements and licenses
_i i5/OS licensing on IBM system models that offer user entitlements i_
http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v6r1m0/topic/rzam8/rzam8userentitlements.htm
"On certain system models, i5/OS® licensing consists of two types of entitlements: user entitlements and processor entitlements. Review this information to understand concepts, requirements, and procedures that are associated with user entitlements and processor entitlements.
..."

The above doc can be found in the IBM i 7.1 InfoCenter with Search:
licensing user entitlements

That link follows; the "i5/OS" changes to "IBM i", thus why the web search found the v6r1 vs v7r1 docs:
http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v7r1m0/topic/rzam8/rzam8userentitlements.htm

The counted /user/ is irrespective of under what user profile the access is performed; i.e. even if all work on the system, all jobs, were performed under one "IBM Q profile", the count of users according to user-based entitlement does not therefore remain zero nor one. The /user/ is the human resource _behind_ the access to the system. Any one human resource behind an access to the system may be eligible without being counted. The system had been and probably still is unable to properly count the humans behind the accesses, so any counters it provides are merely an attempt to provide _some_ details regarding /potential/ compliance, even if they provide effectively zero value to a particular setup.

Refer to the "IBM i user entitlements" in the above 7.1 doc link [i5/OS in the 6.1 docs] with regard to how a /user/ is the *person* being counted.

Refer to the "User profiles and IBM i user entitlements" in the above 7.1 doc link [i5/OS in the 6.1 docs] with regard to how /user profiles/ contribute to the counts, but read the full page of documentation to understand how the UsrPrf object is not the arbiter of the /counts/ for entitlement compliance. More specifically, refer back to the aforementioned /user entitlements/ for what really matters for ensuring compliance.






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