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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 Java and  Oracle Databases & Options 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 databases and Java installations with the M42DataCollection scripts (refer to Running the scripts on Unix/Linux, Running the scripts on WindowsCollecting data from Oracle databases  and Collecting data for Java installations 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. For the Databases: 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. For Java Installations: some data has to be manually edited after the GLAS Java-Report is being exported, please refer to step 10)
     
  2.  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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  3. Run the Oracle Database Compliance - Oracle GLAS Export Files Generator engine activation via Administration > Services & Processes > Engine Activations to generate the Oracle GLAS Export files. This will generate all required files for the Systems, Databases, Java Installations as well as the VMware.
     
  4. 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.
    For versions lower than 3.2 you will find the files in the  Home > Database Product Deployment dashboard

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  5. Click and download the files needed:
    - When only Java data is required, download all files in the "Oracle GLAS Java Export Files" section.
    - When only Database data is required, download all files in the "Oracle GLAS Database Export Files" section.
    - When Database and Java data is required, download all files in the "Oracle GLAS Database and Java Export Files" section.
     
  6. For the Java installations: Please review the csv in the 3PTV_JAVAReport_<date>.zip file and update the info regarding the following columns accordingly with your current usage and needs:
    - Machine Type -- Values: Server (S) or Desktop (D). The solution will automatically determine the type based on Operating system, Virtualization and other criteria.
    - Environment Type -- If the environment is not set on the Computer level, then the solution will use "Prod" as a default value
    - Used with OCI -- Values: Y if it's included in an OCI subscription, N otherwise
    - Part of other product -- (Values: Y if it's included in other Oracle Product license, N otherwise
    - Support required -- (Values: Y if the customer requested Oracle Support, N otherwise
    - OTN -- Values: Y if under the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) license agreement, N otherwise
    - BCL -- Values: Y if under the Binary Code License (BCL) development license grant, N otherwise
    - NFTC -- Values: Y if under the No-Fee Terms and Conditions (NFTC), N otherwise
    - BLRA -- Values: Y if under the Binary License and Redistribution Agreement (BLRA), N otherwise

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

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