Identifying computers on public clouds

Available from 9.2.1. For all computers that run on public clouds, you must additionally identify them as such. This is required to apply the correct PVU rates, which might differ between the public clouds. It is enough to run a Fixlet against these computers and specify the type of the public cloud.

About this task

If a computer runs on a public cloud but is not identified as such, it has the No VM Manager Data or No Scan Data status on the Hardware Inventory report and its PVU value might be incorrectly calculated. To ensure that PVU is properly calculated, identify computers that run on public clouds and specify the types of clouds on which they run.
Public clouds that are currently supported by BigFix InventoryLicense Metric Tool include:
  • Amazon EC2
  • IBM SoftLayer
  • Microsoft Azure
  • 9.2.8 Google Compute Engine

Procedure

  1. In the navigation tree of the BigFix console, click Sites > External Sites > IBM BigFix Inventory v9 > License Reporting (LMT) v9 > Fixlets and Tasks.
  2. In the upper right pane, select Identify Computers on Public Clouds.
  3. Choose the type of the public cloud and click Take Action.
    Note: If you incorrectly identified a computer as running on a public cloud, choose Remove existing identification.
  4. Select all computers that run on this type of cloud and click OK.
    Tip: To check which computers are identified as running on public clouds, activate the Identified Public Cloud Computers analysis and open the Results tab.

Results

A computer that runs on a public cloud is assigned the number of PVUs that is specified in the BigFix Eligible Public Cloud BYOSL policy. Information about the assigned number of PVUs is displayed on the Computers report after the next capacity scan and import of data. PVU consumption for the software that is installed on such a computer is properly calculated.