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  • 1.  License Server Operator in CPD 4.0.x

    Posted Tue March 29, 2022 10:54 AM
    Hi,
    Is the License Server Operator required by all CPD services, or only Watson cartridges?
    Installing IBM Cloud Pak foundational services


    Also, How does the operator work with the API Key that we ask the customer to download using their IBM ID?

    How does the License Server Operator control usage of CPD services on a customer cluster (in particular air-gapped cluster)?

    Thanks
    Hisham


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    Hisham Ghanem
    Architect
    IBM
    Vienna VA
    571-4216350
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  • 2.  RE: License Server Operator in CPD 4.0.x

    IBM Champion
    Posted Wed March 30, 2022 08:55 AM
    I don't know that the License Service is required by any components of CPD, it is simply recommended in certain circumstances. Being a bit pedantic, the License Service Operator is installing the License Service itself.

    The License Service, at least last I checked, does not use the API Key, that API Key is used to authenticate with IBM's container image repository to pull the container images needed and will prevent pulling unauthorized images.

    I'm not aware of any capability of the License Service to connect back to IBM at this point, although folks keep talking about changing that. My understanding for now is that the License Service is the replacement for ILMT in OpenShift environments and provides the reporting you need to comply with a license audit quickly. It is a common component across all of the Cloud Paks providing a single API to generate a report of IBM License Usage across an OpenShift environment. It also is aware of the conversions and ratios to be able to measure the actual CPU Cores allocated/consumed and convert them into VPCs of entitlement required.

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    Eric Walk
    Director

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  • 3.  RE: License Server Operator in CPD 4.0.x

    Posted Thu March 31, 2022 04:51 PM
    The License Service is not required, although a few of the Watson AI services will install it on your cluster if they don't detect it.

    The License Service does not enforce your license terms. It's just a way for you to validate that you are complying with your license terms.

    As Eric said, your API key is a mechanism to ensure that you can download only the images that you are entitled to. The License Service does not need your API key.

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    JULIA Montarbo
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  • 4.  RE: License Server Operator in CPD 4.0.x

    Posted Fri April 01, 2022 08:55 AM
    Thanks Eric and Julia for your response and details

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    Hisham Ghanem
    Architect
    IBM
    Vienna VA
    571-4216350
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