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Oracle Licencing [message #675156] Tue, 12 March 2019 12:09 Go to next message
PebbleRock
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Hi
Looking for help please, I appreciate I will need to talk to my Oracle sales rep for the definitive answer but I am hoping someone might have been in a similar situation and can give me a bit of confidence before I talk to them.
I started a new job last month and inherited a number of Oracle servers, it appears that the licences purchased don't equate to licences in use (cores x core factor), the boxes are well over specced so I would like to remove a processor from each box. Has anyone done this then been audited? I know there are log files showing how many cores on Oracle startup, but are they looked at as part of the audit.


thanks for any help anyone can give, I do appreciate Oracle will give me the answer that fits their licencing, its more if someone has had a similar experience.

thanks
PR
Re: Oracle Licencing [message #675158 is a reply to message #675156] Tue, 12 March 2019 12:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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Oracle will ask to access to everything on the Oracle part of your servers and, of course above all, all and every Oracle logs.

Re: Oracle Licencing [message #675159 is a reply to message #675156] Tue, 12 March 2019 12:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
John Watson
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I would not talk to a sales droid. They are not licensing specialists and are motivated to maximize licence sales. If you really want to sort this out, you need to talk to https://www.oracle.com/corporate/license-management-services

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ps - you could just take out the processors, and keep quiet about it.

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Re: Oracle Licencing [message #675160 is a reply to message #675158] Tue, 12 March 2019 12:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michel Cadot
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Forgot to mention: have a look at our Oracle licensing wiki page, you'll find at the bottom some Oracle third party tools verified by Oracle LMS (take care they are still certified).

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Re: Oracle Licencing [message #675162 is a reply to message #675160] Tue, 12 March 2019 13:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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I know of a case where a client disabled CPUs in BIOS, and agreed with Oracle that (if those CPUs are never activated) that they would not have to be licensed. However, if your peak demand require those processors, you would be pretty much out of luck. Talk to your sales team, be up-front about your intentions and "shelve" any unnecessary licenses sooner rather than later.
Re: Oracle Licencing [message #675177 is a reply to message #675159] Wed, 13 March 2019 05:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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John Watson wrote on Tue, 12 March 2019 17:45

ps - you could just take out the processors, and keep quiet about it.
Exactly. Oracle won't be kicking down your door any time soon. Get compliant and keep shtum Smile
Re: Oracle Licencing [message #675179 is a reply to message #675177] Wed, 13 March 2019 06:54 Go to previous message
John Watson
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You can never tell what will happen. When I worked for Larry (many years ago....) if it was a named account it seemed to depend on the account manager. In one case, a client had "accidentally" upgraded their standard edition licence to enterprise edition, and they were told to downgrade, which they did a few weeks later. An awful process, but no licence charges. In another case, a client had let support lapse for a few years, which is perfectly legal, and then when a problem came up that needed support the account manager insisted that they buy back-dated support for the whole period they had missed which at 22% per year was a heck of a lot.
Rumour has it that it may depend on how close it is to year end and whether people are missing their targets.
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