So in Sept./Oct. HCL announced that specific version(s) of HCL BigFix Inventory has been certified by IBM to be a replacement for ILMT with regard to IBM Virtualization (Sub-Capacity) Licensing. I take this to mean that if a company is a BigFix shop they could theoretically ditch ILMT and begin maintaining their Sub-Capacity compliance via BigFix Inventory. Which is interesting to me, albeit unnerving. I'm interested because (at the moment) we are a BigFix shop. Unnerving, because there appears to be quite a few caveats, or potential 'gotchas' as I read throught the FAQs and various publications.
One example is #6 via the link below....
QUESTION : ILMT tool updates can add support for new eligible processors, operating systems or virtualizations in relationship to IBM Virtualization Capacity. When can I expect to use BigFix Inventory for these systems as an alternative to ILMT?
ANSWER: IBM will validate the closest version/release update of BigFix Inventory that will include ILMT’s equivalent capabilities. Customers should wait for IBM validation of BigFix Inventory before using it on newly added operating systems, virtualization platforms or processors supported by ILMT. http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/pa...
What?! Sounds to me that ILMT is updated when IBM see's fit, and the like functionality in BigFix Inventory would be updated A. according to HCL's quarterly releases. and B. after IBM validates it! with the guidance being to wait to use BigFix Inventory until AFTER IBM provides their seal of approval. Wouldnt this put me at risk of capturing inaccurate Quarterly SnapShots?!
Was hoping for any thoughts, or experience or analysis this find group of professionals might be able to bestow upon me. I am in no rush to propose this to my organization, rather I'd prefer to be prepared to shoot it down when my Sys-Admin team does!