You can view and download license usage data with the Licensing Reporting Manager. You can export the licensing report shown in the Licensing Reporting Manager to a CSV file contained in a generated ZIP file. This process allows you to create custom analysis solutions.

Information in the Licensing Report shows the licensing information that the license usage report lists. Usage and averages of usage are calculated for the time period selected. Calculations are based on snapshots that are taken by vCenter Server several times a day.

Information in the Licensing Report

Licensing Reporting Manager Data

Description

Product

Product to which license keys are assigned. Expand the product to view the license keys for that product.

Average

Usage

Average usage of the license key for the selected time period. Periods when the license key is not assigned (within the selected time period) are excluded when the average usage is calculated. This average is calculated by taking the average of the usage indicated by the set of daily snapshots for the selected period.

License Capacity

Average purchased license capacity for the selected time period.

% Usage

Average license usage as a percentage of the average license capacity for the selected time period.

Current

Usage

Current usage of the product or license key.

License Capacity

Current license capacity of the product or license key.

% Usage

Current license usage as a percentage of the current license capacity.

Threshold-Current Usage

Allows editing of the threshold value for the product selected. Applies only to products with per-virtual machine licensing. This information is listed only if a single vCenter Server is selected. For CPU- and instance-based licenses (for example, ESX/ESXi and vCenter Server licenses), no data is listed in this column.

The licensing usage information in the licensing report differs from the license usage download. The information in the license report that you can view in the Licensing Reporting Manager is the aggregate usage information for the product or product group over the time period you select.

The download report lists raw data on license usage for the product or product group over the time period you select. All of the snapshots collected for the selected time period are included in the downloaded report with no aggregations applied. The download report can contain host, vCenter Server, or solution asset IDs, but no user-defined names are included. The download report is free of user and company-sensitive information.

Each row of the download report .csv file lists a single license usage snapshot, which includes an asset, its assigned license key, and the usage at the given timestamp. Information in the Download Report describes how the license usage information is organized in the download report .csv file.

Information in the Download Report

Download Report Data

Description

License Key

The assigned license key.

Product Edition

The product edition of the vCenter Server, host, or solution.

Cost Unit

The capacity type of the license key (CPU, instance, virtual machine, and so on)

License Key Expiration Date

If applicable.

Asset ID

The automatically generated ID of the asset used by vCenter Server to identify the asset.

Usage

The usage of the asset from the license key at the time of the timestamp. The unit of this value is indicated in the Cost Unit column.

Capacity

The capacity of the license key. The unit of this value is indicated in the Cost Unit column.

vCenter Servers

The vCenter Server instances this usage is reported on. This column is useful when the report is generated for multiple vCenter Server instances.

Timestamp

Timestamp of the snapshot.

The last section of raw data in the file contains a signature that is a checksum of the file content. You can ignore this section of the report.