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Our #1 most popular license type last year was the Concurrent Session Based License (CSBL). What is this thing and why is it so popular?

There are 2 ways that we license content viewing in the BI platform:

  • Named Users
  • CSBLs

Note this is unlike most of our competitors, which typically use a combination of CPUs and Named Users. Microsoft offers a CAL license, but that’s really a license for a device, not a person or a session.

Named users license an individual. The license is with the person. To illustrate this, imagine a company with 3 SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform deployments. John has a named user license. He is now licensed to connect to all 3 of these systems. They also guarantee access – they are not subject to availability of a session on the system.

CSBLs license a session. Sessions are consumed by individuals. Users that are configured to use CSBL licenses consume a CSBL session with each login. This means if Susie is a CSBL user, and logs in to the BI Launchpad, Live Office, and BI Mobile, then she consumes 3 CSBL sessions. CSBL licenses are specific to a single deployment and cannot be shared across multiple deployments in the way that named user licenses can. Unlike named users, CSBL licenses do not guarantee access to a system. If a system has 25 CSBL licenses, and all of them are consumed, then the next CSBL user that attempts to login will receive an error message.

Call me biased, but here’s why I think our combination of named users and CSBLs are a great differentiator

  1. They’re flexible. IT doesn’t have to count CPUs on the system according to arbitrary rules. Unlike CPU licensing, as much hardware can be used to solve the BI problem as required without worrying about licensing impact. Virtualized hardware is fully supported by this licensing model.
  2. They’re easy to administer. Both CSBL and named user licenses are monitored by the software, so it’s easy to stay in compliance.
  3. They’re well understood.
  4. They map well to real world requirements. CSBLs are great for casual users that require intermittent access to the system. Named users are great for heavy users and managers/executives that require guaranteed access.

Depending on when you purchased your SAP BusinessObjects solution, you may not have access to CSBLs in your licensing model and may require a conversion to the new licensing model that supports CSBLs.

If you’re like me and really enjoy reading license agreements, you can learn more here. The core of our licensing is in the “Software Use Rights Agreements”.

-Blair

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  1. Mark Richardson

    Concurrent Session Based License (CSBL) is a welcome return for companies that have a mix of Internal users and/or are using their Business Objects platform to provide embedded reporting service an unknown number of “generic public” users via the Java or .Net SDK.

    The old, old, old NAMED SERVER will forever be my favourite – especially since it came from a time when 96-CPUs/Cores in a single physical machine was Science Fiction (aka about 8 years ago).

    At some point, a nice clear “trade-in” value from SAP for existing legacy CPU licensed customers who want/need to move to CBSL or a mix of Named/CBSL would be great.

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Mark,

      We do have standard conversion rules for customers that want to ‘trade in’ their existing licenses and convert to the new CSBL+Named model. In general, customers get 100% credit for prior license spend. This can offset 100% of new licenses acquired using the new license model if the new licenses have similar functionality as their existing ones. As usual, conditions and restrictions may apply depending on your individual situation. For more detail I’d recommend engaging your SAP Partner or SAP Account Executive.

      Blair

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      CSBL’s aren’t supported for BI content creation or administration. Creating a Crystal Report, Dashboard, or Webi document always requires a named user license. I think elaborating on that is a great idea for the next blog post!

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      1. Mr. Izak

        Hi Blair,

        Are you sure we need Name Licenses for anyone who want to create webi reports? We have about 2000 users out of 6000 who adhoc reports. So do we need to have named licences for all the 2000 users?

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        1. Alonso Arteaga

          Did you get a response to your question?, We have same issue, a larger number of users would be creating ad-hoc webi reports, but we wouldn’t want them all to have a name user license.

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          1. Blair Wheadon Post author

            As of today, customers do require a named user license to create Webi documents. I understand how this may cause issues and this may change in the future. But for now this is confirmed.

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            1. Kashif Ansari

              Hi Blair,

              Many thanks for a very insightful post on SAP Licensing. Can you provide more inputs on the details of Named user License. I guess there are many sub-divisions within Named User License which we want to figure out. If we need to create named users with the ability to create WebI Reports which of the following should we as OEM Partner opt for one of our client :-

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform (user)

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Bus. Int. Platform Mobile add-on (user)

              BA&T SAP Crystal Reports (user)

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (user)

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAP (user)

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for Office (user)

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard (user)

              BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Explorer (user)

              SAP Application Business Analytics Professional User

              Regards,

              Kashif

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              1. Blair Wheadon Post author

                Hi Kashif,

                Authoring for all our clients is supplied with the “SAP Application Business Analytics Professional” license.

                If you want authoring for just one client, that is supplied with the “SAP Application BI Limited” license.

                The other licenses in your list are for viewing of BI content.

                So an author would require the following:

                BA&T BusinessObjects BI Platform (for platform access)

                BA&T BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (for Webi viewing)

                plus one of…

                SAP Business Analytics Professional (authoring for all clients)

                SAP BI Limited (authoring for one client)

                Keep in mind that we also offer another licensing model called the BI Suite, where viewing for all clients is packaged into a single convenient license. Under the BI Suite model, it looks like this:

                BA&T BusinessObjects BI Suite (for platform access and viewing all content)

                plus one of…

                SAP Business Analytics Professional (authoring for all clients)

                SAP BI Limited (authoring for one client)

                Thanks, Blair

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                1. Kashif Ansari

                  Brilliant. This is bang on target. Thanks a lot.

                  So if we want 10 Power Users of only WebI and 10 Viewer users of WebI, we need to purchase the below licenses :-

                  10 Power Users:

                  10 BA&T BusinessObjects BI Platform (for platform access)

                  10 BA&T BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (for Webi viewing)

                  10 SAP BI Limited (authoring for one client)

                  10 Viewer Users:

                  10 BA&T BusinessObjects BI Platform (for platform access)

                  10 BA&T BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (for Webi viewing)

                  Total:

                  20 BA&T BusinessObjects BI Platform (for platform access)

                  20 BA&T BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (for Webi viewing)

                  10 SAP BI Limited (authoring for one client)

                  Please correct me if I am wrong.

                  Regards,

                  Kashif


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                    1. Kashif Ansari

                      Thanks a lot Blair. This is what makes this community such an awesome place. All because of answers like this and people like you. Have a great day.

                      Regards,

                      Kashif

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                  1. Blair Wheadon Post author

                    Yes – you will consume a platform license of some sort when logged in – either CSBL or NUL, depending on how that user is configured in the CMC.

                    -Blair

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                    1. Barry Walters

                      You said in the blog that a Named User license “also guarantee access – they are not subject to availability of a session on the system“.

                      What would happen in the following scenario where the maximum permitted number of CBSLs is reached and then a single Named User logs in and the system then consumes a CBSL for this Named User?  Would the number of CBSLs be exceeded, or would it end the session(s) of a CBSL user (who is also not a Named User), or something else?

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                      1. Blair Wheadon Post author

                        If the user is configured as a CSBL in the CMC, then that user would not be able to log in.

                        If the user is configured as a NUL in the CMC, then they would be able to login.

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Not necessarily. It depends on the usage patterns and assumptions. If you have a lot of infrequent users, CSBLs will be more economic than NULs. If you have a lot of heavy users, NULs is the way to go. We recommend using the auditing feature of the BI Platform to understand your usage patterns, then you can create the right combination of NULs and CSBLs for your environment.

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          The problem with CPU’s is there was no support from the software to limit usage to the number of licensed CPU’s, so it was easy to get out of compliance. It also required you to do system sizing at the time of purchase to estimate the number of CPU’s you need for a given user base. This was more art than science. With the NUL and CSBL approaches you can throw as much hardware as you want to get the performance and failover you need.

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          1. Mark Richardson

            Amen. CPUs are / were great when CPU / Multi-Core counts were “simple” to calculate. Now they are a real challenge to keep in compliance on modern server hardware (physical or VM).

            Many of my Public-Sector clients are still using CPU to support their BOE platforms that provide content to an “unlimited” number of on-demand RPT consumers from the “general public” via .NET SDK applications.

            At some point we will need to sit-down and discuss the best License model for these “Proactive-Disclosure” type of use cases on a Common BO-BI platform.

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            1. Mark Richardson

              “Do we have option of taking Unlimited NULs ?”

              Only if you have “Unlimited $$$“.

              I have heard talk of a “Right-to-Deploy” license that is used by some of the Very Big Multinational companies (aka “Deploy whatever you need”) – but I have Zero (0) details/confirmation on that License-Model.

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              1. tilak mishra

                Hi Mark,

                My customer is not a very big Multinational company but they have total 1000 named users. I have migrated these users from XI R2 to BI4 system. I was told that in XI R2 they have unlimited license and similar license they for for BI 4.0 as well. But now it looks like i have to ask them again in detail?

                If they say 50 Concurrent user license they got and then do you mean i have to ask for the list of these concurrent users and manually set them in BI 4.0?

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                1. Blair Wheadon Post author

                  So we do not offer an ‘unlimited NUL’ license model. There are a few different commercial arrangements that can be done using our standard CSBL and/or NUL license model, including one called ‘Unlimited During Deployment’ (UDD). I think this is what Mark is referring to. Under a UDD deal, there’s a defined ‘deployment’ timeframe during which the customer can deploy as many CSBLs and/or NULs as necessary to meet their needs. At the end of the deployment timeframe we would then audit the actual licenses used and ‘true up’ the license fee.

                  I don’t quite get the customer scenario that Tilak is talking about. It would be better if you email me directly Tilak.

                  -Blair

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                  1. tilak mishra

                    Blair,

                    Sorry for the delayed reply. Today i received the permanent license key from SAP.

                    Also they have mentioned 10 Named User License for our customer.

                    However, we have around 1000 users in the system. So if i understand correctly from your above note NUL “guarantee access – they are not subject to availability of a session”

                    So do you mean, any given time only 10 users are allowed to connect to the system irrespective of sessions .

                    But, how to identify these 10 users? Should we make them as concurrent users?

                    As most of the users we imported to our new BI 4.0 box are defined as Named user. I will send you an email directly about it. Please help.

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  2. Herman Tony

    Blair – Is a named user license required for use of Analysis for Office connecting to a BEx query?  Since it doesn’t use the BI platform in that scenario, users could not consume CSBLs, but they are also not necessarily creating content in Analysis to require a NUL.  I realize that Analysis is a premium solution, but can you please clarify what’s required from a licensing perspective when bypassing the BI platform?

    Thanks!

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Tony,

      Apologies for not replying – there’s been a bit of flux wrt Analysis Office. Starting in Q4 2014, new contracts that include Analysis Office will support the CSBL metric.

      Depending on when you purchased, you may or may not have rights to use Analysis Office with CSBLs. *most* BI Suite customers since 2011 will have rights to use it with CSBLs when used with the BI Platform.

      As you correctly point out, using Analysis Office directly with BW without the BI Platform will require a NUL license.

      In general, only solutions that are hosted on the BI Platform or integrate with the BI Platform can use CSBLs. So Design Studio running on NW cannot use CSBLs. Lumira Server running on HANA cannot use CSBLs. Lumia Server running on HANA and integrated with the BI Platform CAN use CSBLs.

      NW and HANA do not understand the CSBL metric and cannot enforce it.

      Thanks, Blair

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  3. Jash Jacob

    Hi Blair,

    This is a really nice article explaining the licenses. I have been looking for some clarifications on the licensing myself. It would be really helpful if you can help me with below queries. If you direct me to a resource where I can find this information will also be useful.

    1. If I buy concurrent licenses, can I allow users to access desktop tools like Information Design Tool and WebI Rich Client over an Application Virtualization platform, or do these tools require Named User Licenses.

    2. Is there a limit to how many total users can be added if I buy Concurrent Licenses? As in if I buy 10 CSBL, can I have 100 users as long as simultaneous login is only 10?

    Any help in this regard will be helpful.

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Jash,

      1. In the current, simplified licensing model released in Q3 2014, IDT and Webi Rich Client require named user licenses. In the older ‘BA&T’ license model where all the licenses start with the ‘BA&T’ acronym, these solutions require additional named user ‘authoring’ licenses: one of the ‘BI Limited’, ‘Business Analysis Professional’, or ‘Business Expert’.

      2. There is no limit to the total number of users that can be added if you’re using concurrent licenses. You can have 1,000,000 users setup in your CMC, and if you have a 10 CSBL keyed then only 10 sessions can connect. Note a session may not equate to a user. One user can consume more than one session. If I login to the BI Launchpad and Live Office at the same time, then that is 2 sessions.

      Thanks, Blair

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          Business Analytics & Technology. It’s an obsolete term that referred to an internal SAP organization circa 2011. We chose to use that prefix for licenses put on the price list in the 2011 timeframe.

          The BA&T license model was fairly complex as it required additional named user authoring licenses as described in my response to Jash above.

          We no longer offer the BA&T licenses to new customers and instead offer the simplified BI Suite model. There’s no need for additional named user authoring licenses in the BI Suite model.

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      1. Syed Arshad

        Hi Blair,

        We have the following and required clarification on this:

        Version : BO 4.1
        Named User : Unlimited
        Concurrent  : Unlimmited
        Processors : 350
        Imported Users : 4000 +
        Consumed Users : 250 to 300 (Normally users are viewers and don’t utilize concurrent)
        Production Reporting Tool : Web Intelligence
        Will you please clarify on this as this is based on processor, is there any limitation on named users or concurrent users usage(If there is limitation of users then please let me know how many maximum Named users or concurrent sessions)

        Thanks.

        BR

        Kashif

         

         

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          A CPU license only limits the number of CPUs that the software can be deployed on. It does not limit the number of named users or CSBLs.

          – Blair

           

           

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  4. Giri Dharma

    Hi Blair,

    We are on BusinessObjects XI 3.1 and looking to move to BusinessObjects BI 4.1. Our current supported licenses are:

    BusObj Enterprise Prof – CPU x 4

    BusObj DesktopIntelligence – CPU x 4

    BusObj WebIntelligence – CPU x 4

    I presume each CPU license equates to approximately 150 users (named user licenses).

    We have around 550 users in total. Out of those 550, 100 of them do create webi reports and maximum of 50 users can be viewing the reports at any one time.

    If I want to trade-in these 4 x CPU licenses for the new licensing model, what is the likely offer from SAP?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Giri,

      We recently simplified our licensing model. I’m working to get a FAQ published shortly that will explain it. The gist of the simplified model is that there is no need to separately license content creators.

      So in your case, you can trade them in to a combination of named user or CSBL BI Suite licenses. Usually, named users are used for power users, developers, administrators, and executives that need guaranteed access to the system. CSBL’s can server casual users.

      The rule of thumb is that 5 casual users can be served by a single CSBL.

      So in your case, one offer may be 100 NUL + 90 CSBL.

      100 NUL for power users, developers, administrators, and execs.

      90 CSBL * 5 = 450 casual users.

      We have a process for converting old licenses to use them as a credit against new purchases. Please contact your partner or account executive for more information on that.

      Thanks, Blair

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      1. Giri Dharma

        Hi Blair,

        Many thanks for your reply.

        Am I correct in understanding that the simplified model implies both NULs and CSBLs would be able to create webi reports?

        I gather you have standard conversion rules for customers who want to ‘trade in’ their existing licenses and convert to the new NUL + CSBL model.

        Provided that we currently have the following licenses:

        BusObj Enterprise Prof – CPU x 4

        BusObj DesktopIntelligence – CPU x 4

        BusObj WebIntelligence – CPU x 4

        Can these be traded-in for the following new model:

        100 NUL + 90 CSBL

        so that the trade-in value can offset 100% of the cost for new licensing model mentioned above?

        Thanks, Giri

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          Correct – both NULs and CSBLs in the new model can create and modify Webi reports.

          Yes, your CPU licenses can be traded in against any new license purchase.

          Please engage your partner or account manager for details on the trade in value.

          Thanks, Blair

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    1. Jawahar Konduru

      Thanks for sharing the new model. Little confused on the licensing table you mentioned in the document. If the users is defined as Concurrent based license, they cannot use Dekstop tools and CMC. Can you clarify?

      In order to use the desktop tools, we need to create users as Named users. Is this correct?

      Is the licensing price changes, if we buy all Named user licenses, or all Concurrent based licenses or combination of Named and Concurrent?

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      1. Blair Wheadon Post author

        Yes, that’s correct.

        It’s the BI Platform server that enforces CSBL licenses. If all CSBL’s are consumed, then users cannot log in.

        The desktop software can be used without logging in to the BI Platform, therefore there’s no way to enforce those licenses. The exceptions are Live Office and Analysis Office.

        Administrative functions require a named user license because administrators need guaranteed access to the system. Users configured with CSBL licenses may not be able to access the system if all CSBL’s are used.

        Customers can purchase any number of NULs and CSBLs in combination.

        Thanks, Blair

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        1. Jawahar Konduru

          Thanks for the info. Is the cost structure different for differnt types of session based licenses (name and Concurrent)?

          I understood the CSBL, but after seeing the table in the document, i got confused.

          So even if the user is defined as Concurrent user, they should be able to use Desktop tools.

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          1. Blair Wheadon Post author

            Yes, the cost structure is different.

            With a named user license, we are licensing a specific individual.

            With a concurrent session license, we are licensing a connection to a server deployment by anyone.

            Concurrent session licenses are counted and released by the server – but not all tools in the BI Suite require a server connection. Therefore most desktop tools are named user only.

            Thanks, Blair

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      2. Rahul Verma

        This is strange,  I have my user in CMC as Concurrent and I am Administrator of the BO.

        I can also create reports as a concurrent user.   How is now this possible with CSBL? Wait,  I have a 7 CPU license but my user is as concurrent.

        Can anybody clarify how licensing model works for concurrent sessions, I mean I know the licenses are consumed as per sessions BUT whether concurrent user be able to create reports if I have a CBSL type BECAUSE I have 7 CPU license and it allows me to create reports with a concurrent user.

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          We support multiple contract models with one software product. Some contracts allow administration with CSBLs, others – including the current model – do not.

          As much as we would all like this to be automatic, there is still a need to understand your license model and configure the system so it aligns with your contract terms.

          Thanks, Blair

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    2. Esther Imeh-Ogaga

      Hi Blair,

      Thanks a lot for all the useful information.

      Please clarify the following snapshot from the SAP Marketplace – basically, if you have a BI Platform installation the following applies:

      Captura01.JPG

      What authorizations are required for the design and analyze profile of the Named User License?

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  5. Angela Nutt

    Hi Blair,

    Under the new licensing model what kind of license does a call to open document consume?

    For example, if I have created an application that utilizes the SDK to execute reports so that they can be viewed in the application.

    Thanks, Angela

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Angela,

      It consumes either a NUL or a CSBL, depending on how that user is configured in the CMC.

      All custom applications must logon to the BI Platform using some sort of userid/password (or single signon). These users will have a NUL or CSBL license type assigned to it – that determines whether the CSBL session pool will be used or not.

      Thanks, Blair

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  6. lal nair

    Hi Blair ,

      We are having 120   named user licences   for BI  . Can a login-id be used by multiple users ? Is this legal ?  If not ,can you please advise me on how to block  multiple logons.

    Thanks , Lal 

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Under the named user license, login id’s cannot be used by multiple users. This is why it is called a ‘named user’ license.

      If you want to enable more users to access the system, the most economical way is to use the CSBL license. If you purchase say 20 concurrent sessions, then you can configure any number of users in the CMC to use those 20 concurrent sessions. When those sessions are all consumed, then no more users can connect to the server.

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      1. Chandrashekhara Kotrappa

        Hi Blair,

        A quick followup question on this point, if a named user login from BI Launchpad & LiveOffice, it will consider it as 2 sessions. Also a user might have 2 laptops & both have Live Office installed on them. It is the same person in both cases (not different user). Are these situations valid as per named user licensing? Please confirm,

        Thanks,

        CK

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          1. Chandrashekhara Kotrappa

            Hi Blair,

            One more followup question, somehow if Administrator account (also the guest & other 2 system accounts) on a named user licensing environment are created as concurrent users. Do they have to be converted into named user licenses or left as is as they wont be used by any users except the admin account for administration purpose. Just trying to understand whether the Administrator account needs to be a named user to be compliant with named user licensing or it can remain as concurrent user.

            Thanks,

            CK

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  7. Balaji Vivekanandan

    hi Blair,

    Just want to understand this scenario

    we have 100 users who are all using Business objects,this users are configured as concurrent users in the BO CMC.

    currently we have only 50 named user license, so we are planning to change all the 100 concurrent users to named users. so

    1.shall I able to change from concurrent to names users, this will work or not?

    2.out of 100 users, this 50 users license are pre-defined  user set? or any 50 users can able to login and access the system? we need to provide the user list or how the system will choose the 50 names users?

    kindly provide your inputs/how to handle this one

    Regards,

    Balaji

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      I’m not quite clear on the question, but in general you would identify what license type each user can use in the CMC – either named user or concurrent session.

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      1. Balaji Vivekanandan

        Hi Blair,

        No issue, I tried out in the system and  the got the answer for my query,

        for my scenario , it is not allowed to change the concurrent to named to users more than 50, because I am having on 50 named user license

        Regards,

        Balaji

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  8. Daulet Ujurganov

    Hi Blair, can you help me please?

    We have next licenses:

    1) SAP BusinessObjects Financial Consolidation 300

    2) SAP BusinessObjects Financial Inform. Mgmt (FIM) 300

    3) BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (user)       100

    4) SAP Application Business Analytics Professional User  300  

    With 1,2,3 points little understood, it’s licenses for FC, FIM and BI platform, but for which product is 4)SAP Application Business Analytics Professional User licenses?

    Thanks…

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      The BA&T BI Suite was sold from 2011-2014, and it included viewing rights only to the products included in the suite.

      The Business Analytics Professional license adds authoring and administration rights to the BI Suite (and other Analytics solutions). This allows new BI Suite documents to be created, existing documents to be modified, and provides administration rights. This license applies to all the client types in the BI Suite, and other products in the Analytics portfolio like SAP Business Planning and Consolidation.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks, Blair

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      1. Daulet Ujurganov

        Thank you Blair! I have some questions:

        The BA&T BI Suite was sold from 2011-2014, and it included viewing rights only to the products included in the suite.

        – which products included in the suite? Is it BI 4.0 products: Crystal Rep., Webi, LO, Universes?


        This license applies to all the client types in the BI Suite, and other products in the Analytics portfolio like SAP Business Planning and Consolidation.

        – where I can look other products in the Analytics portfolio? Now we have:

        Financial Consolidation

        Intercompany

        FIM

        BPC

        Are these products in Analytics portfolio or not?


        Sorry for the lot of questions …

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          BA&T BI Suite contains:

          • Crystal Reports
          • Web Intelligence
          • Lumira Desktop
          • Lumira Server for BI Platform
          • Analysis for Office
          • Analysis for OLAP
          • Explorer
          • Live Office
          • Dashboards (Xcelsius)
          • Design Studio

          The list of licenses that the BA&T Business Analytics Pro license applies to is quite long.

          Business Intelligence

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (Concurrent Session license (“CS”))

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Mobile add-on (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform Mobile add-on (CS)

          BA&T SAP Crystal Reports (user)

          BA&T SAP Crystal Reports (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAP (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for OLAP (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for Office (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Analysis edition for Office (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Dashboard (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Explorer (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Explorer (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Explorer accelerated package (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Explorer accelerated package (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Integration, version for ESRI GIS software by APOS (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Integration, version for ESRI GIS software by APOS (User)

          SAP Lumira

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence, version for SAP Applications

          Enterprise Information Management

          SAP BusinessObjects Operational enterprise information mgmt package

          SAP BusinessObjects Analytical enterprise information mgmt package

          BA&T SAP Data Services

          BA&T SAP Information Steward

          BA&T SAP Information Steward Multi-Source Integrators by MITI Add-on

          BA&T SAP Event Insight

          BA&T SAP Data Federator

          BA&T SAP Data Integrator (DI)

          BA&T SAP Data Quality Management (DQM)

          BA&T SAP DQM, version for SAP Solutions

          BA&T SAP Data Quality Management SDK

          GRC

          BA&T SAP Access Control

          BA&T SAP Process Control

          BA&T SAP Risk Management

          BA&T SAP GTS, Export

          BA&T SAP GTS, Import

          BA&T SAP GTS, Restitution

          BA&T SAP GTS, Trade Preferences

          BA&T SAP GTS, Bundle

          BA&T SAP Goods Movement with EMCS

          BA&T SAP GTS, Sanction Party List Service

          BA&T SAP Electronic Customs Processing for AES (Automated Export System)

          BA&T SAP Electronic Invoicing for Brazil (NFE – Inbound)

          BA&T SAP Electronic Invoicing for Brazil (NFE – Outbound)

          EPM

          BA&T SAP Planning & Consolidation, version for the Microsoft Platform (BPC)

          BA&T SAP Planning & Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver (BPC)

          BA&T SAP Planning, version for the Microsoft Platform

          BA&T SAP Planning, version for SAP NetWeaver

          BA&T SAP Consolidation, version for the Microsoft Platform

          BA&T SAP Planning & Consolidation, SAP NetWeaver Platform Access Component

          BA&T SAP Planning & Consolidation, Microsoft Platform Access Component

          BA&T SAP Strategy Management

          BA&T SAP Spend Performance Management

          BA&T SAP Financial Information Management (FIM)

          BA&T SAP Intercompany

          BA&T SAP Financial Consolidation

          BA&T SAP Profitability and Cost Management

          BA&T SAP Disclosure Management

          BA&T SAP Notes Management

          Mid Market solutions for Business Intelligence

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition with data integration (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition with data management (user)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition with data integration (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition with data management (CS)

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition NUL add-on

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition with data integration NUL add-on

          BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI, Edge edition with data management NUL add-on

          Bundles based on SBOP

          SAP Treasury and Financial Risk Management, treasury operations

          SAP Enterprise Risk and Compliance Management, risk management

          SAP Financial Planning and Analysis, planning and analysis

          SAP Accounting and Financial Close, corporate close & disclosure, fin. cons. Vers.

          SAP Accounting and Financial Close, corporate close & disclosure, BPC version

          Thanks, Blair

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          1. Daulet Ujurganov

            Thank you very much Blair. I hope this is my last question =)

            Example we have next licenses:

            1) SAP Financial Consolidation                400  (1block)

            2) SAP Intercompany                              400 (1block)

            3) SAP Planning & Consolidation (BPC)   400 (1block)

            4) SAP Financial Information Management (FIM)                400 (1block)

            5) BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (user)      400 (users)

            6) SAP Application Business Analytics Professional User      700 (users)


            Also can we disribute licenses like this:


            1) SAP Financial Consolidation:  (300 users can view reports, view data, add/delete data) + (100 users who can create\edit reports, customize system, administer) = 400 – full use.


            2) SAP Intercompany:  (300 users can view reports, view data, add/delete data) + (100 users who can create\edit reports, customize system, administer) = 400 – full use.


            3) SAP Planning & Consolidation (BPC)  (300 users can view reports, view data, add/delete data) + (100 users who can create\edit reports, customize system, administer) = 400 – full use.


            4) SAP Intercompany (300 users can view reports, view data, add/delete data) + (100 users who can create\edit reports, customize system, administer) = 400 – full use.


            5) BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (300 users can view reports, view data, add/delete data) + (100 users who can create\edit reports, customize system, administer) = 400 – full use.


            6) SAP Application Business Analytics Professional User  = 700 – 100(from 1) – 100(from 2) – 100 (from 3) – 100(from4) -100(from5) = 200 free licenses ????


            Is it correctly?

            Thanks…



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          2. Gareth Lynch

            Thanks Blair

            Your post above seems pretty clear, so bear with me for looking for further clarification.

            We have:

            • 86x SAP Business Analytics professional user licenses
            • 380x SAP BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (user) licenses.

            Can I confirm that the BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite licenses do have access to Lumira Desktop and Lumira Server?

            Regards

            Gareth

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            1. Blair Wheadon Post author

              No. They have access to Lumira Server only. To create & modify Lumira documents with Lumira Desktop requires one of the 86 BA Pro user licenses in addition to the BA&T BI Suite licenses.

              This ‘license on license’ requirements of the BA&T model is probably the ‘lowlight’ of that model. It’s complex to understand and administer.

              We can in most cases provide a credit for your BA&T licenses toward our current, simpler license model that doesn’t have this complexity.

              Thanks, Blair

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              1. Gareth Lynch

                Thanks for the prompt response.

                If I paraphrase your response, the 380 BA&T BI Suite licenses come with Lumira Server but, of those 380, only the 86 BA pro licenses are able to use Lumira Desktop in addition?  I.e. only the 86 licences are able to create content but the 380 can consume it.

                But I am confused.  In a previous response to Daulet Ujurganov (above) you said “BA&T BI Suite contains:

                • Crystal Reports
                • Web Intelligence
                • Lumira Desktop
                • Lumira Server for BI Platform”

                Can you clarify?

                Would you be able to email me?  My email address is garethblynch@gmail.com.

                Regards

                Gareth

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                1. Blair Wheadon Post author

                  Hi Gareth,

                  The BA&T BI Suite license model contains Lumira Desktop, but it is subject to the named user restriction that users of Lumira Desktop also require an additional named user authoring license (the BA Pro license is one of these) to stay compliant.

                  Unfortunately I cannot fit all the restrictions and nuances of these license models in blog responses. At the end of the day the document of record is the contract.

                  One clarification: the 380 users of BA&T BI Suite can do everything that the Lumira Server allows, which includes consuming Lumira documents, modifying them, and even creating them from scratch in the browser using HANA online mode only.

                  Thanks, Blair

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  9. Daniele Tiles

    Hi Blair,

    I’ve come up with your post and followed some links, and I got to this https://dam.sap.com/mac/preview/a/67/mSlwONlJOESLxUngXfJPnEOhgwUEXdwyOgH1wyHJOFJXPgU3/Updated%20BI%20Pricing%20FAQ%20V12…

    In this document is written “

    DO I NEED TO UPGRADE

    MY SOFTWARE TO TAKE

    ADVANTAGE OF THIS?

    No. SAP’s license model is

    unrelated to

    the version of the software.

    CAN I STAY ON MY CUR

    RENT LICENSE MODEL A

    ND UPGRADE MY SOFTWA

    RE?

    Yes. If you are happy with your current license

    model you can continue to use it indefinitely

    *

    .

    You can download

    the latest software on SAP Service Marketplace. 

    However you won’t be able to benefit from new functionality

    that is included in the latest BI Suite license model.

    *Some restrictions apply

    if your current license includes products that are not available in the latest version. For

    example, if your license includes an entitlement to Desktop Intelligence, then you are not entitled to the latest

    version because the BI Platform 4.x does not inclu

    de Desktop Intelligence. A license conversion will be required

    Does this mean that

    • If my client, who has got a CPU based license, decides to upgrade from XI to BI, doesn’t need to change his license model
    • BUT in this way, he’s not entitled to use new features: is this right? And what are these new features?

    Thanks

    Daniele

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Your client can use the new features of the products they are entitled to.

      But they cannot access new products (like Lumira Server for BI Platform, Lumira Desktop).

      It all depends on what products are licensed under their current CPU license.

      Thanks, Blair

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  10. Angela Nutt

    Hi Blair,

    Looking at my licenses, I see some software that bundled that I wasn’t expecting to be available to me:

        

              SAP Data Integrator

              SAP IQ Enterprise Edition

              SAP PowerDesigner Data Architect

    Are these just part of the BI Suite bundle?  I seem to remember seeing a document that described the different levels of BI Suite that can be licensed, but I’m not able to find it.  Would you be able to point me to the location of that document?

    Thanks,

    Angela

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  11. Anandha Krishnan

    Hello Blair,

    Informative blog on licensing model for BO and discussions down here are also interesting

    I have very basic question on these licenses. We have 100 license for our BO and licenses for development system (developers) are also included in this 100 license as Named user license or like other SAP system  example ERP development system license is not counted? If not counted how can I apply this?

    Please clarify

    Regards,

    AK

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      SAP licenses (including BusinessObjects BI) include non productive use rights.

      Meaning you can create test and development deployments free of charge.

      Note that this does not apply to legacy customers on BusinessObjects contracts.

      Thanks, Blair

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  12. Vanessa Martinez

    Hi Blair,

    Excellent blog.

    For me is not clear when the system reset the CSBL? they are available per day/week/year?

    I mean if I bought 25 CSBL and my team consumes it in one day whats next?

    Thanks

    Vane.

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Vanessa,

      CSBLs are permanent. When a user logs in, and that user is a CSBL user, they consume a free session (if it exists). When that user logs out or times out, they release that session.

      Hope that helps.

      -Blair

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          If you license 20 CSBLs, that is the size of your concurrent session pool. It’s a perpetual license. You are entitled to have up to 20 sessions (one user can create more than one session) connected to the system at once. When the users logout, they release the session they were using back into the session pool.

          If a user tries to login and there isn’t a free session, they receive an error message.

          -Blair

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  13. Samraj Devunuri

    Thanks Blair for sharing the blog!!

    Could you please share your views on below scenarios.

    1. Let’s assume we have License Key having 1000 Concurrent Session Based Licenses and got 3 Production (US North America, US South America & UK) deployments. Is there a way, where can we restrict 400 sessions for US – NA, 250 for US – SA & 350 for UK deployments?

    2. Do we need 3 CSBL for each deployment for above scenario?

    2. Adhoc users should be created as Named User only? Cannot a Concurrent User create/modify a Report?

    Regards,

    Samraj

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Samraj,

      If you have a 1000 CSBL license you can request multiple license keys for each production deployment. So you would need 3 keycodes for that scenario – one for each deployment.

      For Web Intelligence reports, concurrent session users have full create/modify rights. Same for Lumira documents.

      We do not support concurrent session licensing with most desktop tools (except for Analysis for Office) due to technical reasons.

      Thanks, Blair

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    2. Mark Richardson

      3 Production (US North America, US South America & UK) deployments…?

      Need more detail(s)

      Are they all Federated-Nodes with Central-CMS, or different stand-alone deployments in each region..?

      If it is a Global Deployment shared between all 3 regions, you might be able to look at using the Multi-Tenancy Set-Up to define “Concurrent-Sessions” available per Region if you made each Region a Tenant.

      All depends on how you have set-up your BI-Platform Cluster, and what kind of Authentication-Method you are using for your Users.

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      1. Samraj Devunuri

        Thank you Richardson.

        Mentioned deployments all are different and not federated nodes.

        As it’s not a Global deployment, I haven’t thought of Multi-Tenancy. Will explore on Federation and Multi Tenancy features.

        Regards,

        Samraj

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  14. Rose Mary Maciel

    Blair

    This Blog is great, but I still don’t understand completely what my concurrent users can do.

    I have 30 NUL and 50 Concurrent users. My question is can the 50 concurrent users have the same functionality in Launchpad as the 30 NUL? I know they can only log in if a session is available. We have the BI Suite and are at 4.1SP7.

    Thank you,

    Rose Mary

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      On the web, via BI Launchpad, CSBL users have the same rights as NUL users in the current license model. Both can view and author content. This assumes you own the BI Suite (2014) or later license model.

      The difference between the 2 license comes up with desktop clients. We only support the NUL metric with desktop clients in the BI Suite license model (2014) or later. The only exception is Analysis for Office which is the only desktop tool that supports both NULs and CSBLs

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  15. John Neofytides

    Hi Blair,

    My understanding is that a concurrent license is used per product. So if I open 5 WEBI reports it is one session, if I open 6 Design Studio  reports its a  second session. Does the launch pad I logged into a session as well? So in the case I described  I have used 2 or 3 concurrent licenses.

    The second question is that if I close all the Webi reports, do I free up the concurrent license that I used by calling a Webi report? Or must I log out of BI Launchpad or time out to free up the 2 or 3 sessions.

    Thank you.

    John

    Thank you,

    John

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi John,

      Good questions.

      The rule of thumb is 1 logon = 1 session. So that one logon used by the BI Launchpad is also used for every Webi report, Design Studio template, Crystal Report, and any other document type that you open from that BI Launchpad.

      But if you logon from say the Mobile BI app, that’s one more session.

      If you logon from Analysis Office, that’s another session.

      In short we share sessions wherever we can.

      If you open a different browser, we can’t access the session in the original browser so we will consume another session.

      If you close the browser window with all those documents open as separate browser tabs, it will logoff that one session automatically (this feature was done in later versions of 4.1 – I think SP4 or SP5).

      If you leave the browser unattended, the default timeout is 20 minutes before the session will automatically logoff.

      Closing browser tabs (not windows) does not logoff the session as there may be other browser tabs that use that session.

      Hope that helps.

      -Blair

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  16. Tanja Riis-Petersen

    Hi Blair,
    First of all thanks for an excellent blog, it is very usefull.

    I have two questions for which I have trouble finding answers on:

    Our SAP BO is based on the combination NUL + CS.
    1 NUL => 1 person on all deployements.
    1 CS => 1 logon (session) per single deployement.

    Question: What is defined as one deployment? (includes: prod. + dev. + test.)

    We also have 42 licenses for Lumira client installation.
    We plan to prepare reports in Lumira clients and publish on BO.

    Question: Can anyone who does not have Lumira client license access such report if they are covered by our CS or NUL?

    I look forward to your answer.

    BR
    Tanja

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      In general, customers on SAP contracts get free non productive deployments. We only charge for  productive deployments.

      Technically –  prod, dev, and test are separate deployments.

      If you are on a BA&T BI Suite license (2011) or later, then you are entitled to Lumira Server in both the NUL and CS metric. Those users can view AND modify Lumira documents published to the BI Platform from Lumira Desktop.

      Thanks, Blair

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  17. Achmad Dimyati

    Hi Blair,

    Currently I have BA&T SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite (Concurrent Session license (“CS”)): Access platform services; customize, personalize dashboards, BI Widgets, and user profiles; view (i.e. refresh, schedule, export, zoom, sort, search, filter, drill, apply basic formatting) againts predefined reports.

    The license for 25 concurrent sessions * 2 (50).

    My question is for View only (not authoring),
    Do I need additional named users license in SAP NW BW where the query/infocubes are defined there?

    Thanks a lot,

    BR,
    Dimyati

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

       

      Hi Dimyati,

      No – you do not need named user licenses to connect to BW.

      All BOBJ BI Platform licenses (including Edge BI excluding Crystal Server) include the right to access BW data, which includes adding those users to BW  for the purposes of authentication.

      This is available under all metrics – NUL, CSBL, and CPU.

      Thanks, Blair

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  18. Claudia Quilitz

    Hello Blair,

    first of all, this is a great blog!

    I have also a question. We have a Licence called BA&T SAP BusinessObjects Edge BI, stand. pack (10User) , 1 Developer, 9 User. What does User mean exactly? We were told User could only build up Content in only one Client, but what does that mean exactly? Because that Licence Model it’s pretty old, I assume, that the Users are NUL. As I read in your replie’s before dev, and test are free of Charge, so the 9 users could also develop reports in different BO Tools and Transport them on the Productive System, and the development User could develop on more than one productive System, is that right?

    Thanks a lot for your help!

     

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  19. Neha Gupta

    thanks alot, I am still following this.

     

    Can you please let me know if two production environment can share the same license key, based on  CPU license purchased and how can we check  based on license the number of CPUs allowed other than CMC

     

     

     

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Separate deployments should not share the same license key. You should request distinct keys for each environment from the SAP support portal.

      I’m not aware of any other location in the product to show the licensed number of CPUs other than in the CMC.

      – Blair

       

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  20. Steve Sutherland

    Hello Blair, I have a few questions..

    First, we purchased 111 Named User Licenses, and there are 4 (out of the box) users in the CMC (Administrator, Guest, QaaWSServicePrincipal, SMAdmin) three of which are disabled.

    Do the “out of the box” users count against our 111 Named User Licenses?

    So, can the “Out of the Box Admin” plus the 111 Named Users be logged in to the BI-Launchpad at the same time?

     

    Also, you mentioned to another user: No – you do not need named user licenses to connect to BW.

    Sorry if it’s taken out of context..

    But we have BW, and we use BOBJ to view reports against the BW Data.

    Do we need to purchase the 111 Named users in/for BOBJ, and pay for the BW Accounts as well?

     

    Thanks for any clarification you can provide.

    Steve

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Hi Steve,

      userid Administrator does not consume a license.

      The other out of the box users (Guest, QaaWSServicePrincipal, SMAdmin) are disabled by default and use CSBLs by default. If you don’t have CSBLs in your landscape you would have to reconfigure these to use one of the 111 named users if needed. The vast majority of customers do not need to use these users.

      Licensed BOBJ users can access BW data without additional licensing (i.e. SAP Application named users). They can also be configured in BW to enforce data security. This includes both named users and concurrent sessions.

      Thanks, Blair

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