The network feature allows you to centrally manage multiple BRMS instances on IBM i. Does not matter if the IBM i is hosted, an LPAR or on a separate box. It does need LAN connectivity. The networked BRMS shares the inventory and policies with each IBM i instance in a network group, so you manage in one place, and all the systems get the updates. You can also use one system in the network to duplicate media for another system in the network. Very cool....

A bigger reason to use BRMS in a Domino environment, Save While Active on you Domino system. BRMS will back up you mail and other databases while they are up and running. You do not have to shut down Domino to get a recoverable back up. Some of the log files are skipped but they are not needed for a recovery anyway. I have many customers using BRMS with Domino and it works extremely well.

Then there is the unattended full restricted state back up. It runs while you peacefully sleep and starts the system back up for you. Wonderful indeed.

There is a one time charge for the network feature (5770-BR1 option 1) and the software maintenance is part of your overall software maintenance with IBM but it adds a tiny amount ($10s of dollars) to that total so there is no additional invoice to pay.

As to why you are getting the message I can't answer without looking at your system so I suggest a call to IBM support. You might also try to pull the keys from the key center and reapply them.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On 4/8/2011 8:32 AM, Tommy.Holden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Well it appears we have the license for the product. I'm sure that we're
paying for it regardless. Would this feature be able to work across LPARs
or just guested LPARs. (still seems that message is incorrect on the
licensing bit or am I missing something?). We have a Notes LPAR on that
system and if I can set BRMS up to work for saves on both LPARs that would
be sweet. I never used BRMS until I got to this shop and am having to
basically do OJT. The previous "sys admin" (use that term*very* loosely
he didn't even know how to apply PTFs fer crying out loud...) never even
had the software in use.

Thanks,
Tommy Holden



From: Jim Oberholtzer<midrangel@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion<midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 04/08/2011 08:15 AM
Subject: Re: question on licensing messages.
Sent by:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



Are you actually using the network feature, (one BRMS database with
multiple machines) or just the base of BRMS?

Most often times I see folks load all three parts of BRMS when they only
intend to use the base feature.

If you are not using the network feature (an excellent feature that is
dirt cheap) with multiple instances of IBM i, then I would remove it
from the system. I suspect you are not using it since the scratch tape
pool would not be anywhere near accurate for each of your machines, and
you would be having other issues.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On 4/8/2011 7:52 AM,Tommy.Holden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Anyone else seen this? We have *NOMAX usage licensing for BRMS but we
get
> the message "Grace period expired" even though the proper license key is
> installed. I'm just curious why I'd get the error message (I can still
> use the BRMS software but the message is disturbing& annoying).
>
> Message:
> Message ID . . . . . . : CPF9E71 Severity . . . . . . . : 40
> Message type . . . . . : Information
> Date sent . . . . . . : 04/08/11 Time sent . . . . . . :
07:49:18
>
>
> Message . . . . : Grace period expired. Requesting user not added.
> Cause . . . . . : You received this message for one of the following
> reasons:
> -- A request was made to add a user, but the grace period has
expired
> and
> the requesting user was not added. Any users exceeding the usage
limit
> of 0
> have been released for product 5770BR1, license term V7R1M0, feature
> 5101.
> Users are released, starting with the most recently added user, until
> the
> number of uses no longer exceeds the usage limit.
>
> License key info:
> Product ID . . . . . . . . : 5770BR1
> License term . . . . . . . : V7R1M0
> Feature . . . . . . . . . . : 5101
> Description . . . . . . . . : BRMS-Network Feature
>
> Compliance type . . . . . . : *KEYED
> Usage type . . . . . . . . : *REGISTERED
>
> Usage limit . . . . . . . . : 0
> Last update . . . . . . . . : 00/00/00 00:00:00
>
> Threshold . . . . . . . . . : 0
>
> Usage Count Information:
> All partitions . . . . . : 7.00
> Local partition . . . . . : .00
>
> Peak Usage Information:
> Peak usage . . . . . . . : 7.00
> Last peak . . . . . . . . : 11/23/10 13:24:17
>
> Log violations . . . . . . : *NO
>
> Message queue/Library . . . : *NONE
>
> Keyed compliance information:
> Expiration date . . . . . : *NONE
> Grace period . . . . . . : 70
> Date grace period expires : 12/25/10
>
>
> Thanks,
> Tommy Holden
> Direct: 615-259-5814
> Main Line: 615.256.2424 ext. 5814
> Toll-Free: 1.800.228.3644 ext.5814
> fax: 615-793-7617

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