On the surface yes the $1,710 license seems more expensive than the $968 version. But if you consider the flexibility it vary well could be cheaper in the end. Utilization of the more expensive licenses can be much higher because they are not locked to one physical machine.

As with many things of course, YMMV!

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis


On 4/20/2014 12:06 AM, Vernon Hamberg wrote:

To Larry

I've been trying to make sense of how you describe the licenses and how
IBM does on the website. Of course, IBM has a way of being elliptical
and obfuscatory.

So the 3 offerings I see when I go to the "buy" site are 1) Authorized
User License ($968); 2) Floating User Single Install License ($1,710);
and 3) Floating User Single Install Initial Fixed Term License. Here's a
tinyurl to that page -


So I finally thought, let's see what the help in the product says - so I
opened Installation Manager, since it has an option for managing
licenses, so it should have help on that. Especially since I saw some
stuff for configuring floating licenses - I've never dealt with those,
so I've never looked.

In that help, it speaks of Trial, Not enforced, Floating, and Permanent.
Floating does go to a "license server" to get a key "...from the pool of
available floating license keys...", while Permanent is on the
workstation, for indefinite use.

So I think that IBM's "Authorized User" is what is called "Permanent" in
the Installation Manager help. And "Floating" applies both to regular
and to fixed-term.

I'm not why anyone would use floating - how is the extra cost justified?
I know that multiple people can connect - at least, I assume so - but it
just seems a really excessive extra cost for unknown benefit.

Fixed-term? Maybe useful for a managed project with
contractors/consultants. But not for permanent employees.

So there is another layer of interest to me - at 6.1 or so, IBM changed
ADTS into seats - so we have 25 seats of ADTS on each of our LPARs.

And there is this deal where a customer can upgrade to seats of
RD-whatever for a reduced price - and these are authorized user seats.
We got 4 seats about a year ago for about $600 apiece, including
maintenance for a year. BPs have a code for this. Then there is annual
maintenance to be kept up, in order to be able to get the latest and

This is fantastic. It might also be available somehow through Passport
Advantage, I don't know how.

So what my question is - does the system enforce this count? I believe I
was shown WRKLICINF display that said we had 22 seats now of ADTS - this
suggests at most 3 of us at any one time have connected - or maybe they
don't have to be at the same time, just from 3 distinct clients - but
I've connected from 2 different laptops, since the company gave me a new
one eventually.

Maybe not a critical matter, just curious about enforcement. Full
disclosure, you know!!


On 4/19/2014 10:25 PM, Booth Martin wrote:
Ah. OK. Makes sense. So, I have a Workstation License. That leads to
two more questions.

If I have two workstations, can I load my RDi to both, so long as I use
only one at a time?
What happens at the end of 12 months? Does it shut down, or does it
still work, but no updates unless I cough up a renewal fee?

On 4/19/2014 8:39 PM, DrFranken wrote:

So as I mentioned there are two different license modes.

Workstation: License is on the workstation. You can connect to ANY IBM i
Server and edit source code there. Can be your server, my server,
customer server etc. Wonderful for consultants and independent
developers. Also works well for those with laptops that are always with
- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis


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