Skytap attached licenses

Skytap enables you to run fully licensed software and operating systems from Microsoft, as well as other software products that require a valid license.

Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA)

Notes

  • Attached licenses cannot be enabled for nested guest operating systems, such as a Windows VM nested in an ESXi host.
  • Attached license titles must be removed from a VM before the VM can be exported from Skytap.
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Adding attached licenses to your account

To enable your Skytap account for attached licenses, contact your Skytap Customer Success Manager. After attached licenses are enabled for your account, follow the steps below to enable attached licenses for specific VMs.

To add attached licenses to x86 VMs in your account
  1. For Microsoft licensed products, contact https://cloud.skytap.com/support to request application of attached licenses (on a per-VM basis). Include the following information:
    • A link to the template that contains the VMs that require attached licenses.
    • A list of the VM names that require attached licenses.
    • The attached license titles that should be installed to each VM (for example, “Windows Server 2012 R2”, “Office 2013 Ultimate”, etc.).
    • Credentials to access the VMs (if they’re not saved in VM settings).
  2. Skytap Support confirms the details of the attached licenses request, and then requests permission to add attached license titles to the VMs.
  3. After you confirm permission, Skytap Support:
    • Installs attached licenses for operating systems and software products on the VM.
    • Applies tracking metadata to the VM for each installed attached license title.
    • Provides a new template with attached licenses to you.

You can now use the attached license titles in your account.

To add attached licenses to IBM i VMs in your account

Removing attached licenses from VMs in your account

Skytap Support removes attached license titles from a copy of a attached licenses-enabled template and provides the modified template to you.

The original attached licenses-enabled template is still available in your account. You should either delete it or manage it so that it isn’t inadvertently activated.
To generate a report that shows the complete inventory of attached licenses-enabled VMs in your account, see Viewing a list of all VMs enabled for attached licenses in my account.

To remove attached licenses from x86 VMs in your account
  1. Contact https://cloud.skytap.com/support to request removal of attached licenses (on a per-VM basis). Include the following information:
    • A link to the template that contains the VMs that require attached licenses removal.
    • A list of the VM names that require attached licenses removal.
    • The attached license titles that should be removed from each VM (for example, “Windows Server 2012 R2”, “Office 2013 Ultimate”, etc.).
    • Credentials to access the VMs (if they’re not saved in VM settings).
  2. Skytap Support confirms the details of the attached licenses request, and then requests permission to remove attached license titles from the VMs.
  3. After you confirm permission, Skytap Support:
    • Removes attached licenses for operating systems and software products on the VM.
    • Removes tracking metadata from the VM for each installed attached license title.
    • Provides a new template with attached licenses removed.
To remove attached licenses from IBM i VMs in your account
  • Remove attached licenses from an IBM i VM on the VM Hardware page. For details, see IBM i License options.

Billing for attached licenses

Generally, each instance of an attached license title (operating system or software product) is billed when the host VM is active during the billing period.

If you make a copy of a VM with a attached license title and both the original VM and the copy are active at the same time during the billing period, both VMs are charged for attached license usage.

Auditing usage of attached license VMs

Currently, attached license usage is available in an exported CSV report. After you generate the report, open it in Excel (or other worksheet application), and then filter the results to display the usage of VMs with attached licenses that will be billed.

For a report that shows the complete inventory of VMs enabled for attached licenses in your account, see Viewing a list of all VMs enabled for attached licenses in my account, below.

This example report displays active (billable) SVM usage for all VMs with attached licenses in your account for the last month.

To generate a CSV report that shows usage for x86 VMs with attached licenses for the last month
  1. Click Manage > Reporting (legacy).
  2. Set up the following report:
    • Resource: SVMs (x86)
    • Region: All Regions
    • Labels: None
    • Grouped by: No grouping (line items)
    • Time period: Last month
    • Aggregate: No aggregation
    • Time zone: UTC
  3. Click Export CSV.
  4. Open the CSV report in Excel or similar worksheet application.
  5. In excel, filter the CSV data to show only VMs with attached licenses:
    1. Click Data > Filter. Filter drop-down menus display for each column.
    2. Click the drop-down menu in the Paid column.
    3. Click Select all to clear the selection, and then click TRUE to display only VMs with attached licenses.
To generate a CSV report that shows usage for IBM i VMs with attached licenses for the last month
  1. Click Manage > Reporting (legacy).
  2. Set up the following report:
    • Resource: SVMs (Power)
    • Region: All Regions
    • Labels: None
    • Grouped by: No grouping (line items)
    • Time period: Last month
    • Aggregate: No aggregation
    • Time zone: UTC
  3. Click Export CSV.
  4. Open the CSV report in Excel or similar worksheet application.
  5. In excel, filter the CSV data to show only VMs with attached licenses:
    1. Click Data > Filter. Filter drop-down menus display for each column.
    2. Click the drop-down menu in the Paid column.
    3. Click Select all to clear the selection, and then click TRUE to display only VMs with attached licenses.

Viewing attached license VMs

You can use a filter to display environments or templates that contain VMs with attached licenses.

Viewing a list of all VMs enabled for attached licenses in my account

This example report displays all of the VMs in your account that are enabled for attached licenses, whether they were active or not. This is the inventory of VMs with attached licenses.

For a report that shows active (billable) SVM usage in your account, see Auditing usage of attached license VMs, above.

To generate a CSV report that shows all VMs with attached licenses
  1. Click Manage > Reporting.
  2. Set up the following report:
    • Resource: Storage
    • Region: All Regions
    • Labels: None
    • Grouped by: No grouping (line items)
    • Time period: Right now
    • Aggregate: No aggregation
    • Time zone: UTC
  3. Click Export CSV.
  4. Open the CSV report in Excel or similar worksheet application.
  5. In excel, filter the CSV data to show only VMs with attached licenses:
    1. Click Data > Filter. Filter drop-down menus display for each column.
    2. Click the drop-down menu in the Paid column.
    3. Click Select all to clear the selection, and then click TRUE to display only VMs with attached licenses.