It is always an exciting moment: you are about to upgrade your Domino server and enjoy better performance.
Lest it become very
exciting once licensing compliance becomes an issue, here is a tip which might save you a lot of money:
If you use PVU style licensing, take care to find out which models can be used and what rules apply. http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/notesanddomino/licensing.html
">Domino and Notes Licensing options.
If you expect you will only use part of the full CPU-core capacity of the new hardware, on which PVUs are based, you can save significant amount of money applying for Sub-capacity licensing. http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/subcapfaqov.html
">Read the Sub-capacity Licensing FAQ.
The Sub-capacity licensing program suggest to use Tivoli monitoring software to monitor you environment, but in a lot of cases a regular reporting scheme can also make you compliant. A suggestion: the number of cores in use by a server are reported in the Server document, and updated by the Administration process. If multiple partitioned servers are running on the same cores, only one of them needs to be consulted. A scheduled agent can be written to automate reporting, and also alert you if more then the licensed number of cores are active.
Please note that there needs to be a Sub-capacity license agreement for each server (the hardware). IBM has posted a an extensive http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/subcapfaqov.html
">FAQ, read it and get in contact with your supplier and make sure everything is in order.
Then you can enjoy your new server to the fullest