Understanding Current Checkouts

We have received questions about how do the checkout reports work and how can these be used to get the most value? Providing a dashboard with live license check-out information allows users to ‘self regulate’ license use. Which in turn, reduces the system administration burden for explaining denials to users.

What can you see under the checkout status reports:

  • How many licenses are checked out at any given time.
  • Who has a license checked out and for how long – Know if someone is hoarding or camping on a license.
  • See the Active White Paper Directory information for a User.
  • Reclaim (lmremove) a License if one is not being used and get it back into the license pool.
  • See license checkouts in realtime, updated continuously, and displayed in a table or as “gas gages”.
  • Determine average or typical Checkout time so you can set up a reasonable rule.

Extraordinary long checkouts are especially helpful for teams using expensive or high-demand licenses. Long checkouts help detect and send a warning message automatically to the User.

Long Checkout Alerts can be set for critical path and expensive tools with high contention levels, if the User exceeds a specified checkout time. You choose what tools and the allowed checkout time. LAMUM will monitor and let you know if someone exceeds the time limit. LAMUM can also send a Warning Message to the engineer, letting them know they have violated a checkout time limit. Checkout times can be calculated from the Average Checkout Time reports.

Track user behavior and stop engineers ‘reserving’ licenses whilst in long meetings. This reduces the administrative overhead associated with policing the system.

  • LAMUM provides Average checkout times, Long Checkout Alerts and User Warnings.
  • Using different colors often helps reports easier to use and look at. As such, color-coding by percentage of capacity is helpful.

Another option that companies find helpful is to have a “command center” or setting up large screens on the wall to view current checkout status continuously, across multiple tools or servers. LAMUM provides all this capability. You can read our White Paper on configuring this here.

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