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Managing Oracle GLAS (Global License Advisory Services) exports

Overview

Matrix42 Oracle Compliance has been verified by Oracle to provide data sets for Oracle databases and database products (options and management packs) that Oracle will accept whenever accurate measurement data is needed and can be used as an alternative to installing Oracle's own measurement tools.

This article describes the proposed workflow on how to generate all necessary data sets. The tool itself does not deliver any  data directly to Oracle!

Workflow for preparing Oracle Global License Advisory Services (GLAS) EXPORT files

Take the following steps to generate the required data sets, also known as "Oracle GLAS Export Files":

  1. Scan all systems and databases with the M42DataCollection scripts (refer to Collecting data from Oracle databasesRunning the scripts on Unix/Linux and Running the scripts on Windows for details).
  2. Assure that all systems and databases have been inventarized.
  3. Check completeness of data:
  • Go to the Systems navigation item and check essential data for systems, such as the host-VM relation and the Max Sockets value are present for virtual machines. To obtain the missing data, run the M42DataCollection scripts on hosts (like for eg. a Solaris global Zone), and/or run the data providers for VMware, Hyper-V and Citrix inventory.
  • Go to the Database Products navigation item and check for completeness and check the values in the Instance State and DB Mode columns.
  1. Some data has to be added manually using the Database Instance edit dialogue. Verify that no crucial data is missing. For the Database Instances the fields that need to be checked and edited are:
  • License Metric in the  Specific section of the General tab of the Oracle Database Instance dialog. Check if the metric is correctly set. If the Database is not licensed by Processor (CPU) Metric (default setting),  then use the the Change License Metric action to set it accordingly.
  • Licensed Database Edition and Environment Usage under the Additional Information for Oracle GLAS section on the General tab of the Oracle Database Instance dialog.
    Licensed Database Edition should not to be confused with the installed edition. The field Licensed Database Edition represents the edition used to license this server. The installed Edition represents what has been installed and detected using the DataCollection. The installed Edition is set as a the pre-configured value for the Licensed Edition.

If the licensed edition value is incorrect, be sure to change the value in this field. For example, installed edition is standard, but licensed edition is SE1 (which covers SE installation). This field will not be overwritten with the next scan/import.

  • The Environment Usage field represents the type/purpose of the environment where the Oracle product is deployed (e.g., Prod, Dev, Test, etc). Default value is Prod.
  1.  Decide if data masking is necessary.  By default the data masking is off. It means that the generated Oracle GLAS exports will contain user names and IP addresses. To avoid this, go to the Settings navigation item in the Oracle Compliance app and select the Enable Data Masking checkbox.

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  1. Run the Oracle Database Compliance - Oracle GLAS Export Files Generator engine activation via Administration > Services & Processes > Engine Activations to generate Oracle GLAS Export files.
  2. You can access and download Oracle GLAS Export files from the Home > Database Product Deployment dashboard. These files are ready to be handed over to Oracle.

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Neither the Matrix42 Oracle Compliance tool nor any of the above mentioned steps sends data to Oracle!

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