Universal Discovery Licensing Overview

To fit the changing IT world and to meet the increasing need for a more flexible and comprehensive licensing system, the Universal Discovery Licensing is improved and adjusted to follow the unit-based licensing model. Benefits of the new licensing system include the following:

  • Increased licensing flexibility. The new unit-based model covers both UD Full and UD Inventory. There is no longer the need to worry that Universal Discovery will consume a more expensive UDF license when you run out of UDI licenses.
  • Extended license coverage to cover servers, workstations, containers, network devices, and storage devices. No need to wait for the product team to build new and updated discovery of network and storage devices.
  • Alignment with ITOM licensing practices. UD Full and UD Inventory are no longer licensed as separate products.

Note The unit-based licensing model requires UCMDB version 11.0 and Content Pack version 26.00.

What's Changed Compared to the UDI/UD Full Licensing Modeling

The new licensing model changes how some jobs charge for your discovery in 11.0. Here is the list of changes:

  • VMware virtualization will now consume an Advanced unit for each node (same with Hyper-V and Solaris Zones)
  • If you discover running software on a server, it consumes an advanced unit for that server
  • Workstations will never consume an Advanced license. UCMDB determines whether a compute device is a workstation or not by the operating system installed on it (for example, including but not limited to, Windows 7, Windows 10 or macOS)
  • The two discovery jobs related to Netflow will now only consume a Basic unit
  • It is now possible to capture Oracle LMS on servers without an additional license beyond the Advanced unit

Units Model of the Universal Discovery Licensing

In the new units model:

  • 1 Unit = 1 UD Full license
  • Everything else is a ratio of the UD Full License

The table below describes the conversion rates between UD Full, UD Basic, and Units:


Server (Unit)

Workstation (Unit)

Network (Unit)

Storage (Unit)

Docker (Unit)

UD Full (Advanced Discovery)






UD Basic (Basic Discovery)






Note The highlighted cells indicate adjustments.

In brief, a 10 units license pack of Universal Discovery 11.0 Licensing contains the following:

Key Capabilities and Differentiation Between Basic Discovery and Advanced Discovery

The table below describes the capabilities available with Universal Discovery Basic Discovery and Advanced Discovery license types.

License Type 10 Units License Packs provide Key Capabilities
Basic Discovery 50 Servers OSI
  • Discover basic network, servers and their OSs

  • Capture software utilization and inventory, including network and storage devices, workstations, and containers

  • Utilize Smart Software Analytics (SSA) to customize software teaching

  • Understand which hardware and installed software you have.

  • Utilize zone-based and discovery job section to perform discovery

  • Credential Less Discovery (netflow)
100 network / storage devices, containers, workstations, printers or mobile devices.
Advanced Discovery 10 Servers OSI
  • Everything from Basic Discovery
  • Discovery of software dependencies and topologies
  • In-depth application discovery
  • Includes (but not limited to): Cloud and Virtualization, Clustering and Load Balancers, Detailed DB / Middleware / Enterprise Applications / multi-tier interdependencies discovery.
  • L2 discovery
  • Automated Service Modeling and Discovery to build service maps automatically
  • Customized discovery
  • Oracle LMS (free of charge) to capture audit details

The table below illustrates differentiation between UD Basic Discovery and UD Advanced Discovery.

License Type Definition Use Cases
Basic Discovery

A node will consume a Basic Discovery unit when information is collected that is within the context of the node being discovered:

  • Physical inventory
  • Installed software inventory
  • Users
  • Ports/LUNs
  • Physical Asset Management
  • Software Asset Management*
  • Security Policy
  • Management Configuration Policy Management
Advanced Discovery

A node will consume an Advanced Discovery unit when information is collected about it running software, or how the node interact with other nodes or running software:

  • Running Software inventory (and its processes)
  • Server to Server links
  • Server to Running Software links
  • Running Software to Running Software links
  • Server to Storage links
  • Server to Network links
  • Virtual to Physical links
  • Incident Management
  • Service Management
  • Change Management
  • Impact Analysis
  • Event Management
  • Event Correlation
  • Oracle Audit Preparations
  • Security Policy Management
  • Dependency Policy Management

Note * Universal Discovery can collect software inventory to be used for the SAM use case by Asset Manager.

Access the new License Summary Report

  1. Launch UCMDB Browser as Admin user.
  2. Click the Help button in the top right corner of the window, and then select About.

    The About window opens.

  3. Go to the LICENSE tab.

    Check the license summary:

    • License Status - Is license status compliant, noncompliant, or expiring in a number of days.
    • Total Units - Provides data about units of licenses consumed and units available, as well as the units consumption rate.
    • Is UCMDB Foundation – Indicates whether you have Foundation license or not.

    • The Managed Data Repository (MDR) usage is displayed according to the Available 3rd Party Integrations you have in UCMDB.
    • OSs managed by CM usage displays the number of OSIs belonging to the results of the managed in CM views.

  4. Click the link after License Status.

    The License Summary Report page opens.

  5. Check the license summary report.

    • Only Instant-On license is listed even though you have had some licenses installed when you worked with the previous version. The license issued for previous versions are not compatible with UCMDB 11.0 and they are not visible.
    • The Advanced UD license usage is not yet displayed even if there are discovered OSIs in your UCMDB.
    • OSs managed by CM usage displays the number of OSIs belonging to the results of the managed in CM views.
    • The Managed Data Repository (MDR) usage is displayed according to the Available 3rd Party Integrations you have in UCMDB.
    • Total Units usage provides data about units consumed and units available, as well as the units consumption rate.

    In the Available Licenses section, you can click to select whether you want to display All licenses or licenses of Active or Expired status. You can also click to select columns you want to display. By default all columns are displayed.

  6. Click the Export License Consumption Report link to export detailed license consumption report in Excel format.

    Open the exported Excel report and review the details, for example, the device name that is identified.

    The table below describes each column in the exported report:

    Column Description
    lic_type License type. basic for Basic Discovery; advance for Advanced Discovery.
    instance_type Instance type of the resource. Valid values include server, workstation, network, docker, and so on.
    ci_type CI type attribute value of the resource.
    global_id Global ID attribute value of the resource.
    name Name attribute value of the resource
    node_role Whether the resource is of node type, but not of network or storage device, and what node type the resource is: server or workstation. Value example: [server, virtualized_system] or [virtualized_system] for a server resource; [desktop, virtualized_system] for a workstation resource.
    os_family OS family of the resource: Windows, Linux, MacOS, or others.
    discovered_os_version The discovered OS version of the resource (if applicable).
    create_time Time the record for the resource is created.

    Indcates who created the record of the resource.

    Value example: UCMDBDiscovery: Host Connection by Shell indicates that the record is created by the Universal Discovery Host Connection by Shell job.

    last_modified_time Time the record of the resource was last updated.

    Indicates the discovery job that last updated the record of the resource.

    Value example: UCMDBDiscovery: Host Connection by Shell

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What must be prepared to upgrade the Universal Discovery Licensing to 11.0?

    A: You must do all of the following:

    • Access the Support Entitlement Portal to convert any MDR and ACM licenses you own to the format required by 11.0 or later. This can be done by you and does not require any help from Micro Focus teams.
    • Contact the Software Sales Assist team (sw_ssa@microfocus.com) before upgrading UCMDB to migrate your UD Full and UD Inventory licenses to units.

    • Install the converted MDR and ACM licenses into UCMDB, and also install the migrated Units into UCMDB.
  • Q: Will I be able to use UCMDB 11.0 without updated licenses?

    A: If 11.0 license is not applied, you will be provided a limited time trial license. Production usage of UCMDB with this trial license is not allowed.

    The UCMDB splash screen contains a link to the JMX method that allows you to add the new license.

  • Q: Will I be able to use the existing MDR licenses in UCMDB 11.0?

    A: Yes. Your existing licenses will work fine in UCMDB 11.0. You just need to “convert” them via the Support Entitlement portal so that they are compatible with UCMDB 11.0.

  • Q: How should I deal with the license upgrade from a previous version to UCMDB 11.0?

    A: For detailed instructions, see How to Deal with License Upgrade from a Previous Version to UCMDB 11.0?.

For more details about 11.0 licensing, go to the CMS page on the Software Sales Portal and check the Licensing section on the Resources tab. Or, contact the Software Sales Assist team (sw_ssa@microfocus.com) directly.