Adding a Location, Corporate Unit, Cost Center, or User to an Inventory Device

FlexNet Manager Suite 2019 R1 (On-Premises Edition)
You can set up various kinds of enterprise groups within your enterprise:
  • Corporate units
  • Locations
  • Cost centers
  • Categories.
Within each kind of enterprise group, you can create a hierarchical structure that represents your enterprise. You can then assign inventory devices, users, assets, licenses, purchases, and contracts to those groups. For example, you can assign an inventory device to a specific location, corporate unit, or cost center. Note that FlexNet Manager Suite does not assign these groups automatically; you must do it manually when adding or editing the properties of the inventory device, user, or license.

For an inventory device, you can also specify an assigned user. This affects consumption calculations for user-based licenses covering software found on the device, overriding the values for calculated user and last logged on user that are determined from imported inventory.

Locations are a special case when FlexNet Manager Suite is replacing ILMT as the source of sub-capacity points calculations for IBM PVU licenses (for more details on that configuration, see IBM PVU Scanning). When this is true, an extra column for IBM region is displayed in the fly-down list of location search results. The link from inventory device through location to IBM region determines where the PVU points consumed by the inventory device on any IBM PVU license are taken into account: they help determine the peak value (and its timing) for that particular IBM region, and no other. Furthermore, any change in the assignment of an inventory device to a location (that impacts IBM region selection) has effect retroactively throughout the reporting period.

To add a location, corporate unit, cost center, or assigned user to an inventory device:

  1. Navigate to Discovery & Inventory > All Inventory to view the All Inventory page.
  2. Click the inventory device to which you need to assign a location, corporate unit, cost center, or user.
    FlexNet Manager Suite displays the Inventory Device Properties page for the device.
    Tip: When there are several inventory devices that need the same enterprise group assigned, you may select multiple devices from the listing, and click Open. The special version of multi-device properties displays those values that are common across the devices you chose, and shows Multiple values for other cases. If you chose devices with multiple values for Location (when FlexNet Manager Suite is the source of sub-capacity points calculations for IBM PVU licenses), the IBM region property always displays Unresolved (for multiple locations). For performance reasons, FlexNet Manager Suite does not attempt to check the regional assignments of multiple locations.
  3. Click the Ownership tab.
  4. Click the corresponding text box to assign a location, corporate unit, cost center, or user and click search. For details about using the search control, see To Use a Fly-Down.
  5. Select the desired location, corporate unit, cost center, or user record. If your enterprise groups are in a hierarchical structure, click + (at the left end of a row) to expand a level of the hierarchy.
  6. Click Add ... to add the selected entity to the inventory device.