Oracle lms scripts

What are Oracle License Compliance Scripts?

Summary of this article:

  • Oracle license compliance scripts, also known as Oracle LMS scripts or Oracle LMS Collection tool, are used during Oracle audits or Oracle ULA certification.
  • They can also be used by companies to perform internal Oracle license audits.
  • The scripts can be requested through Oracle mysupport, or a company may have a copy from a previous Oracle license audit.
  • Oracle recently updated their audit clause in the Oracle Master Agreement (OMA) to include the requirement to run data measurement tools during Oracle license audits.
  • The Oracle license compliance scripts is a collection of scripts that needs to run on the servers where Oracle software is installed.
  • The scripts include Review Lite script for Oracle database, CPU queries and scripts for Oracle middleware and Oracle applications.
  • Oracle LMS scripts cover Oracle database, including all database options and management packs, Oracle middleware, including Oracle Application Server, Oracle Weblogic, Oracle Weblogic Options, Oracle Weblogic Management Packs, Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle Webcenter, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle EBusiness Suite, Hyperion, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel.
  • The scripts will be run by the company, not by Oracle. The company will receive a copy of the scripts and instructions on how to run them.
  • To run the scripts, the company needs system admins access right for windows and root for Linux/Unix and admin rights for certain Oracle middleware products.
  • The Oracle LMS scripts will detect both active and historical usage of Oracle software. It is not unusual to see unlicensed usage going back as much as 10 years.
  • If the company has mistakenly used non-licensed products in the past, Oracle will require a license purchase.

Introduction

Oracle license compliance scripts, also known as Oracle LMS scripts or Oracle LMS Collection tool, are used to ensure compliance with Oracle license agreements. These scripts are typically introduced to Oracle customers during an Oracle license audit, and are used by Oracle’s audit organization (LMS) to perform Oracle software license audits. The scripts are a collection of tools used to gather information about the usage of Oracle software, and are used to detect both active and historical usage of Oracle software. In this blog, we will discuss when to use the LMS scripts, where to obtain them, how to run them, and the expert assistance available to analyze the script output.

When to Use Oracle LMS Scripts

The LMS scripts should be used whenever an accurate representation of an organization’s Oracle licensing position is needed. The most common use case for the LMS scripts is during an Oracle license audit, as it helps to ensure compliance with the agreement and avoid any potential license violation. Additionally, the LMS scripts can be used during an Oracle ULA certification, which is a process that certifies the usage of Oracle software under an Unlimited Licensing Agreement.

The LMS scripts can also be used for internal Oracle license reviews to ensure the highest accuracy, as it helps to identify any unlicensed usage of Oracle software and potential financial risks. The best SAM (Software Asset Management) tools in the market are only correct 80-90% , and the missing 10-20% equals millions of dollars in financial risk of unlicensed Oracle software. By using the LMS scripts, organizations can have a more accurate picture of their Oracle licensing position, which can help them make informed decisions about their Oracle software usage

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Obtaining the LMS Scripts

The LMS scripts are not publicly available for download, but they are widely available among Oracle customers who have been audited before or Oracle license consultant firms. Oracle customers who have been audited before may have a copy of the LMS scripts from their previous audit, and can use that copy for future internal reviews. Additionally, Oracle license consultant firms typically have access to the LMS scripts, either through their own licenses or through their relationships with Oracle.

It is important to note that LMS scripts can also be requested via Oracle mysupport, but you need to have an active support agreement. This is a way to obtain the scripts if you do not have a copy from a previous audit or do not have access to Oracle license consultant firms.

When obtaining LMS scripts, it is important to ensure that you have the most recent version of the scripts, as Oracle makes updates to the scripts from time to time. This will ensure that the scripts are compatible with your organization’s Oracle software and that you are getting the most accurate results from your internal reviews.

Running the LMS Scripts

The process of running the LMS scripts involves several steps and requires a certain level of expertise. The first step is to identify all the servers where Oracle software is installed and running. The LMS scripts do not have discovery functionality, so it is important to have a complete list of servers before running the scripts. Once the servers are identified, the LMS scripts need to be run on each one of them.

The LMS scripts will produce output files that require analysis and expertise to properly understand and put into licensable positions. These output files will include information on the usage of Oracle software on each server, including both active and historical usage. The output files need to be analyzed by someone who has knowledge of Oracle licensing rules and policies, and who is able to interpret the results.

The amount of time required to compile all the script output files into an Oracle license position will depend on the size of the organization’s Oracle estate. For smaller organizations, it may take a few weeks, while for larger organizations it could take several months. The size of the estate and the number of servers running Oracle software will affect the time required to complete the process.

It is important to note that running the LMS scripts manually or using existing tools are quite fast, but the analysis and interpretation of the results require a certain level of expertise and experience.

Expert Assistance

When it comes to running the LMS scripts and interpreting the results, organizations may benefit from expert assistance. Oracle license consultant firms such as Redress Compliance have expert knowledge in Oracle licensing rules and policies, and can help organizations to analyze and interpret the results of the LMS scripts. They can provide assistance with reviewing the Oracle estate using the LMS scripts and obtaining a replica of a real Oracle license audit.

Expert assistance can also help organizations to identify any potential issues or areas of non-compliance with Oracle licensing agreements, and to make recommendations for addressing those issues. This can help organizations to avoid potential financial risks associated with unlicensed usage of Oracle software.

It is important to note that interpreting the output of the LMS scripts requires expertise in Oracle licensing rules and policies, and that expert assistance can be crucial in identifying and addressing any issues. This can help organizations to ensure compliance with Oracle licensing agreements and to avoid any potential financial risks associated with unlicensed usage of Oracle software.

Conclusion

Oracle license compliance scripts, also known as LMS scripts or Oracle LMS Collection tool, are an essential tool for ensuring compliance with Oracle licensing agreements. These scripts provide an accurate representation of an organization’s Oracle licensing position and can help identify any potential issues or areas of non-compliance. The LMS scripts should be used during Oracle license audits, Oracle ULA certification and for internal Oracle license reviews.

Obtaining the LMS scripts can be done by Oracle customers who have been audited before or by Oracle license consultant firms. Running the LMS scripts and interpreting the results require expertise and experience, that’s why expert assistance can be crucial in analyzing and interpreting the output of the LMS scripts. Oracle license consultant firms can help organizations to analyze and interpret the results of the LMS scripts and obtain a replica of a real Oracle license audit.

In conclusion, using the LMS scripts is important for accurate Oracle license compliance and to avoid potential financial risks associated with unlicensed usage of Oracle software. Expert assistance can be of great help to properly analyze and interpret the script output. Organizations should make sure to use the LMS scripts as a regular practice to ensure compliance with Oracle licensing agreements and to avoid any potential financial risks.Stop generating

Oracle license compliance scripts – FAQ

When are the Oracle license compliance scripts used?

Oracle LMS use the tools during Oracle audits or Oracle ULA certification. It can also be used for companies to perform internal Oracle license audits. You can request a light version via Oracle mysupport, or you may have a copy since a previous Oracle license audit.

Note.

Oracle recently updated their audit clause in the Oracle Master Agreement (OMA), which is now referencing the requirement to run data measurement tools during Oracle license audits.

What are Oracle License compliance scripts really?

It is a collection of scripts that needs to run of the servers where Oracle software is installed. The scripts include Review Lite script for Oracle database, CPU queries and scripts for Oracle middleware and Oracle applications.

What Oracle software do the LMS scripts cover?

  • Oracle database, including all database options and management packs
  • Oracle middleware, including Oracle Application Server, Oracle Weblogic, Oracle Weblogic Options, Oracle Weblogic Management Packs, Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle Webcenter
  • Oracle Business Intelligence
  • Oracle EBusiness Suite, Hyperion, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel

Who in your organization will be running the scripts?

Oracle will not be running the script on your servers. You will receive a copy of the Oracle LMS scripts and instructions on how to run them. In order to run the scripts you need system admins access right for window and root for linux/Unix and admin rights for certain Oracle middleware products.

What will the Oracle License Compliance Scripts detect?

Oracle LMS scripts will be able to detect both active and historical usage of Oracle software, it is not unusual to see unlicensed usage going back as much as 10 years. If you have mistakenly used non-licensed products in the past, Oracle will require a license purchase.

When should / can you use the LMS Scripts?

You should use them whenever you want an “audit” like result from your Oracle licensing position. This should always be when you have an Oracle license audit. You then analyze the scripts before you share the output with Oracle. If you have an Oracle ULA certification you should do the same. But also if you want to have highest accuracy for your internal Oracle license review, you should use the LMS scripts. The best SAM tools in the market are only correct 80-90%  – the missing 10-20% equals millions of dollars in financial risk of unlicensed Oracle software. 

Where can you download the  Oracle LMS Collection tool ?

You can´t they are not publically available for download. But they are widely available in among Oracle customers who have been audited before or Oracle license consultant firms who either have them or have their own versions of such scripts.

What is the process of running Oracle License Compliance Scripts?

  1. The script does not have discovery functionality, you need to run it on every server where you have Oracle software running.
    The task of running the scripts manually or using existing tools are quite fast, we have worked with clients who have run the
    scripts on thousands of servers in one day.
  2. The script will provide output files which you need training and expertise to properly analyse and put into licensable positions
    The analysis is usually done by someone who used to work for Oracle audit team, but now work as an Oracle license consultant.
  3. Depending on the size of your Oracle estate, it will take a few weeks or a few months to compile all the script output files into
    an Oracle license position.
  4. If you want us to review your Oracle estate using these scripts and obtain a replica of an real Oracle license audit, schedule an consultation with us.

Can I read the Oracle License compliance script output?

No, you need both training in how to interpret the output as well as deep understanding of Oracle licensing rules and policies. Redress Compliance have expert knowledge to help you analyze the script output before you share any data with Oracle.

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