Regularly upgrading to the most recent version of License Metric Tool will ensure that you receive all-new features, fixes, and are compliant with sub-capacity licensing guidelines. After each application update, the License Metric Tool server must be upgraded. Since License Metric Tool is compatible with any version of BigFix, you can upgrade components, such as the server or clients, less often.
Why License Metric Tool needs to be updated regularly
- Application updates include new features as well as fixes for authorized program analysis reports (APARs) and known issues.
- Each application update contains fixes for the known security vulnerabilities.
- Subcapacity licensing requires that you start using License Metric Tool within 90 days of the license taking effect and that you promptly upgrade to the latest version of the application.
Updating to the latest version
Every quarter, License Metric Tool releases a new version. Updating to the new version regularly helps you take advantage of new features and application fixes, as well as stay in compliance with sub-capacity licensing requirements.
You can update the License Metric Tool directly to the latest version for eight versions back. If you have an older version, please use the intermediate installer and update to the version that is available in Fix Central.
Update with BigFix
Many components make up the License Metric Tool infrastructure. The Components are updated separately to give you flexibility concerning the time and frequency of updates. The components can be updated with BigFix.
Updating with disconnected scanners
The License Metric Tool is upgraded by updating the server and disconnecting the scanners. Also, if you use the VM Manager Tool in disconnected mode, as well as the database, you might need to update it if your current version is no longer supported. If you use Ansible to manage disconnected scanners, you might also want to update the playbooks.