The License Engine is installed with BMC Asset Management. The License Engine performs the processing for the software license management feature to connect software configuration items (CIs) with license certificates and to calculate compliance. The License Engine runs as a plug-in.
The user interacts with the License Engine from the License Jobs console (accessed from the Software Asset Management console) by scheduling license jobs to run and reviewing the results. For example, the user might schedule a weekly license job that connects software CIs to the appropriate license certificates. When the license job runs, the software CIs are connected to the appropriate license certificates, and the compliance is calculated. The License Jobs console displays the results of the license job.
An interface in BMC Asset Management communicates between BMC Asset Management and the License Engine. The License Engine uses the CMDB API to query BMC Atrium CMDB. The software license type specifies the queries that are used to create the connections and to determine compliance.