OEM (license type)

A license delivered with hardware and tied to its life-cycle. These licenses cannot be transferred to other hardware. (OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.)

This means that when a computer that has an OEM license installed on it is removed from your enterprise and no longer reports inventory, the number of licenses is reduced. This reduction applies to both the available entitlements and the consumption.

Product use rights Downgrade rights and upgrade rights.
Group assignment Not supported.
The number of unique computers that meet both of these conditions:
  • The license is allocated to the computer
  • The computer has installations of one or more of the applications linked to the license.
Tip: In general, there is no difference in installation evidence for software installed under an OEM license. Since the installation or license type cannot be determined automatically, you should track the devices (perhaps through a list of serial numbers supplied by your hardware vendor) that come with OEM software, and manually allocate these computers to the appropriate OEM license(s). If you have additional copies of the same software not covered by the OEM license, you should also create an additional volume license to capture those additional installations.

Note that when a computer with OEM-licensed software installed is removed from your enterprise and no longer reports inventory, the consumption recorded against the license is (as always) reduced. However, the license allocation is not automatically removed, and you should make removal of the OEM allocation part of your business process for decommissioning computers.


Computers to which the license has been allocated.


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

Changing from

Scoping rules will be deleted. Allocations to computers may be deleted.

Changing to You may want to allocate the license to computers.

FlexNet Manager Suite (On-Premises)

2021 R1