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Altiris Server Management Suite AGENTLESS monitoring Licensure

Created: 26 Feb 2013 | 1 comment
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Please review your current framework for Symantec Server Management Suite license consumption in regard to agentless monitoring.
As the SMS product stands today, licenses are consumed for each remote device used in an agentless monitoring policy.  Including something as simple as an ICMP ping to a network switch/router.  This hardly seems equivalent to the full featured value of a license when used on a fully managed server node.

For competitive reference, Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) license document,

Operating System Environment (OSE) means all or part of an operating system Instance, or all or part of a virtual (or otherwise emulated) operating system Instance which enables separate machine identity (primary computer name or similar unique identifier) or separate administrative rights, and instances of applications, if any, configured to run on the operating system Instance or parts identified above. There are two types of OSEs, physical and virtual.  A physical hardware system can have one Physical OSE and/or one or more Virtual OSEs.

Management Licenses are NOT required for:

  1. OSEs in which there are no Running Instances of software.
  2. Any of your network infrastructure devices functioning solely for the purpose of transmitting network data and not running Windows Server software.
  3. Conversion of OSEs from Physical to Virtual.
  4. Any device solely monitored or managed for hardware components’ status with respect to system temperature, fan speed, power on/off, system reset or CPU availability.


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