AWS License Manager
User Guide

Discovering Resource Inventory with License Manager

License Manager allows you to discover on-premises applications using Systems Manager (SSM) Inventory, and then to attach licensing rules to them. After licensing rules are attached to these servers, you can track them along with your AWS servers in the License Manager dashboard.

License Manager cannot, however, validate licensing rules for these servers at launch or termination time. To keep information about non-AWS servers up-to-date, you must periodically refresh the inventory information using the Search inventory section of the License Manager console.

Resource inventory tracking is also useful if your organization does not restrict AWS users from creating AMI-derived instances or installing additional software on running instances. License Manager provides you with a mechanism to easily discover these instances and applications using inventory search. You can attach rules to these discovered resources and track and validate them the same as instances created from managed AMIs.

Setting Up and Using Inventory Search

Complete the following steps to search your resource inventory.

  1. Configure Systems Manager (SSM) Inventory on every host to manage. This includes on-premises and other non-AWS resources.

  2. Create license configurations for the servers and applications to discover.

  3. To use cross-account inventory discovery by integrating License Manager with your AWS Organizations account, enable this feature in Configuring License Manager Settings.

  4. Open the License Manager console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/license-manager/.

  5. Choose Search inventory section of the License Manager console and confirm whether cross-account inventory discovery is enabled.

  6. To perform a filtered search for available resources, enter a filter term such as an application name, a platform name, or a resource ID in the search box. You can also apply logical operators to your search terms. Press Enter.

Associating License Configurations with Discovered Inventory

After you have identified your unmanaged resources, manage them by associating license configurations.

Note

You cannot currently associate license configurations with an Amazon EC2 Systems Manager instance that is outside of AWS.

To associate a license configuration with a resource

  1. Open the License Manager console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/license-manager/.

  2. In the left navigation pane, choose Search inventory.

  3. Filter the Search inventory list by entering a filter term such as an application name, a platform name, or a resource ID. You can also apply logical operators to your search terms. Press Enter.

  4. Select the inventory items to associate with a license configuration and choose Associate license configuration.

  5. (Optional) Select Share license configuration with all my member accounts.

  6. Choose the appropriate license configuration and choose Associate.

To disassociate a license configuration from a resource

  1. Open the License Manager console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/license-manager/.

  2. In the left navigation pane, choose License configuration.

  3. Choose the name of the license configuration with which to work.

  4. Choose Associated resources.

  5. Select each of the resources to disassociate from the license configuration and choose Disassociate resource.