The difference between fixed and concurrent licenses in FootPrints Service Core


The following is a summar of the two license types in FootPrints Service Core.

Fixed (named) license

The user is assigned a single license to sign in to FootPrints Service Core. Only one user can use this type of license at a time because it is assigned to a specific user. A fixed license is always available to the user to whom it is assigned.

Concurrent license

A concurrent license is sometimes referred to as a "floating" license. A concurrent license can be shared by an unlimited number of people, but only one such user can be signed in to BMC FootPrints Service Core under an instance of a concurrent license at one time. Each user sharing a concurrent license can sign in with their personalized account, but can only sign in if a concurrent license is free.

To further clarify, if five concurrent licenses are purchased and twenty-five people are sharing those licenses, only five of the twenty-five can be signed in at one time. If a sixth person tries to sign in, a message is displayed to the sixth person stating that there are no available licenses. If one of the five users signs out of BMC FootPrints Service Core, a license is freed and a new person can then sign in.

Concurrent user access is logged, including successful sign-ins and denials due to lack of license availability. This allows the administrator to gauge usage of concurrent licenses over a period of time.