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Very often especially in a midsize + organization where server assets are all over the places and managed by different teams. It is very hard for the SAM team or even the infrastructure team to know where all the server assets are located and managed by whom.
When it's time to track and maintain IBM software licensing, the SAM team might not able to tell if ILMT is reporting all the servers. There is always a chance that there are virtual servers missing the ILMT agent or no one seems to be aware such virtual servers even existed in the infrastructure.
With this "Collect virtual machines host names" setting implemented to latest release of ILMT, we can utilize the results from the VM Manager Tool after this setting is enabled to discover and report all the un-managed assets from any hypervisors such as VMWare, Windows Hyper-V and KVM or even Nutanix as well where ILMT agent is not installed. Once this information is reported inside ILMT as "Un-Managed Asset" report, it will have a huge benefit for the SAM team to immediately isolate the issue with the infrastructure team about these virtual servers which are not reported to ILMT. As the results, ILMT is not reporting any IBM products installed on these virtual servers in question. This will have a potential impact for the IBM audit as ILMT is not reporting accurate data.
Currently, most organizations are depending for the infrastructure team to send someone searching for all the virtual servers and they are being managed. This could take months. With this new feature in ILMT, it can help to reduce the number of human work hours to track down the missing virtual servers.
It would be nice to report the Virtual Machine name, IP and OS and its status (online or offline) including hypervisor platforms (VMWare, Hyper-V, KVM or Nutanix)...
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