IBM Authorized User (license type)

Note: This license type is available only when you have licensed the FlexNet Manager for Datacenters product (without this product, processing of relevant SKUs proposes a User license type).

A license that allows access to the software by a specific number of named users. (An allocated named user may access installations of the software on any number of computers.) IBM requires that you can prove that access is restricted to only the authorized users (for example, using user access lists). One way to model this would be using a Named User license, where only users specifically allocated to the license could consume from the license (and others known to access the software would be shown as unlicensed). However, this requires manually maintaining the allocations of users to the license.

The IBM Authorized User license type behaves similarly to the User license type. This means that license consumption is automatically recorded against:
  • Users identified in application usage tracking
  • The assigned (or calculated) user linked to computers where the software is installed
  • Installation on a device with no known user (which counts as a single user for consumption purposes).
You may also manually allocate this license to specific users, if you wish. Keep in mind that allocation only counts as consumption if either:
  • There is a matching consumption record for the user (that is, no change to normal counting); or
  • You set the Allocations consume license entitlements check box in the License consumption rules section of the Use rights & rules tab of the license properties. In this case, allocation to a user who is also identified in inventory or usage counts as one; and the allocation to a user not seen in inventory or usage records also counts as one. This means that manual allocation will not cause double counting, and will count (for example) external users who are not tracked in inventory.
However, in addition to the above, this license allows:
  • Classifying each user as Normal , External , or Infrequent
  • Setting multipliers for external or infrequent users, so that (for example) five infrequent users might be considered equivalent to one normal user in terms of license consumption
  • Adding convenient bulk counts for each type of user.
You may find these counts easier to manage than individual allocations for users not tracked in inventory. Keep in mind that the bulk counts are always additional, and cannot take account of users who also appear in inventory or usage records.
Product use rights Downgrade rights, upgrade rights, and a specific right for each user to access multiple installations.
Group assignment Not supported.

The sum of all effective end- users allocated to and using the software, after bulk additional users have been included and discounts for various types of users have been applied.


Users who use the software. Depending on the user type (Normal, Infrequent, or External), discount factors may be applied.


Compliant when Consumed is less than or equal to Total licensed.

Changing from

Any existing allocations to users may be deleted.

Changing to You may want to allocate the license to users, or to set bulk counts for the various user types.

FlexNet Manager Suite (On-Premises)

2021 R1