In OMO there are two values for Database Options, “Options installed” and “Options used”. What does it mean?
"Options installed" means that certain functionality (called Database Options) that requires a seperate license have been installed with the Database. This is often done through the standard installation process (the options are turned on by default) and not necessarily because a customer wants to make use of this functionality. Because of this, the functionality only requires a license if it is also "used" by a non-system user. This is what the second value represents. If it is used by a non-system user, it will have a tick in it and needs to be licensed.
Kindly assist in defining a "non-system user."
Also, for this statement, can you clarify please
Because of this, the functionality only requires a license if it is also "used" by a non-system user
Given that all options that are shown as "Options Used" require a license, do you mean that "Options installed" not shown on "Options Used" column do not require a license? What then is the report entitled "Unused Oracle options per server" for?
Appreciate your help!
Typically you will find that system users are the administrative and internal accounts. All databases include the administrative accounts SYS, SYSTEM, SYSMAN, and DBSNMP. Administrative accounts are highly privileged accounts, and are needed only by individuals authorized to perform administrative tasks such as starting and stopping the database, managing database memory and storage, creating and managing database users, and so on. You log in to Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control (Database Control) with SYS, SYSTEM, or SYSMAN.
All databases also include internal accounts, which are automatically created so that individual Oracle Database features or components such as Oracle Application Express can have their own schemas. To protect these accounts from unauthorized access, they are initially locked and their passwords are expired.
For more information on Database User Management
Oracles position is that most Options only require a license if they are "used". However, the fact that Options are installed means that mistakes can be made and some application/user may make use of functionality. It is a report to show where you are not actively using Options and may have the opportunity to reduce risk.
Thank you for your prompt response. Just to clarify, OSW shows both Options
Installed and Options Used. When I prepare my ELP today, I assume I should
be picking the Options Installed as my count for deployments, right?
Options Installed but are unused lead me to cost avoidance? In below case,
do you recommend to disable all options installed as all of them are not
Kindly help confirm.
Appreciate your help.
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On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 2:59 PM chris.denboer <email@example.com>
the Oracle licensing metrics state that all software that is "installed and/or running" should be licensed. As Options are often installed by default, Oracle LMS policy has been to only enforce this for Options where they see proof of usage of the functionalities that are part of Options. As a result, most audits will focus on this usage instead of installation of Options. How policies are applied varies by region, so always verify this with your local Oracle LMS/SIA representative. If you want to be super safe, licensing the installed Options is of course possible.
Please be aware that disabling unused Options may not always be possible as certain functionality may be required by, and licensed through, Applications. This could be part of an optimization effort after establishing a baseline.
please allow me to attach to this thread to post a question related to Oracle Option detection.
I have a case in which the customer has disabled the option (Spatial and Graph actually) after that an initial scan has highlighted the usage but the option is still visible as used in SLM. Is there a way to update that information ?
thanks a lot!
Hi davide.moronetti, with SLM 9 you now have the option to override the system and update the status of used Options:
It seems overriding the system defeats the purpose of having an automated
discovery, isn't it?
On the other hand, still for the DB Options, if Oracle would look after
what is "used" rather that what is installed, then disabling the unused
options from the standard report won't make us any cost benefit other than
avoiding users to mistakenly use them? Can you confirm please?
On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 9:11 PM chris.denboer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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