Licensing and registering SCO OpenServer products

Licensing additional users and CPUs

In the License Manager:

  1. Select License Additional Users or License Additional CPU from the License menu.

  2. From your SCO OpenServer product license, enter the:

  3. Click on License.

NOTE: The system determines the number of simultaneous users by counting the number of individual login processes -- including telnet and rlogin sessions -- that are running. Each login process counts as a user, even if multiple logins are initiated by the same login account.

If the number of allowable users, as determined by your Additional Users license, is exceeded, additional logins (including telnet and rlogin sessions) are denied until one of the current login sessions is ended.

NOTE: An Additional CPU license is not applicable on an SCO OpenServer Desktop System. The Desktop System is limited to a single CPU. If you want to use additional CPUs on a multiprocessor machine, you must be running either a Host or Enterprise System before you apply the Additional CPU license.

Adjusting system resources for additional users and CPUs

When you add users to your SCO OpenServer system, the demand on various system resources increases. When you license additional users with the License Manager, it prompts you, just before exiting, to tune kernel resources to accommodate the higher demand. We strongly recommend that you allow the License Manager to tune the resources for you.

Once the resources are tuned, the License Manager prompts you to relink the kernel. Relinking the kernel at this point ensures that the modifications are saved. To activate the modified kernel, reboot the system.

NOTE: When you add SCO User Licenses, the License Manager tunes a basic set of kernel resources. Refer to the Performance Guide for detailed information on tuning the kernel to match the needs of your particular system configuration.

When you remove SCO User Licenses, the License Manager does not tune the kernel to reflect the change in demand on system resources.

When you license or unlicense one or more additional CPUs, the License Manager modifies the MAXACPUS kernel parameter automatically. Therefore, before exiting, the License Manager prompts you to relink the kernel. Relinking the kernel at this point ensures that the required modification is saved. To activate the modified kernel, reboot the system.

WARNING: If you have installed SCO Symmetrical Multiprocessing Support, and any additional CPUs are licensed, all additional CPUs must be licensed at the same time. Failure to do so might cause some systems to hang when you reboot.

License Manager and kernel parameters

When new user licenses are added to the system, the License Manager automatically adjusts the following kernel parameters according to the number of users by calling the /etc/tunek utility:

If your system is licensed for more than 5 users and you did not use the License Manager to add the user licenses, you may need to run the /etc/tunek utility from the command line. See ``Configuration tools'' for more information.

The License Manager also increments the MAXACPUS kernel parameter when additional CPUs are added, so you might need to modify this parameter if you failed to run the License Manager. Note that the base processor is not included in the count of CPUs.

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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003