Question Client Networking License Count


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Should the Client Networking license count be the number of PCs it is installed on or the number of database connections?

For example, say there are 20 users who all have Client Networking installed on their PCs, but at any one time only a maximum of 10 can ever connect to the database.

Should the license count be 20 as that is the number of installations, or 10 as that is the maximum connections allowed?



It depends on the sort of licensing you have purchased.

License compliance is difficult and there are rarely cut & dried, on size fits all answers.

Rob Fitzpatrick Sponsor
The user-counting methodology is dependent on the license type.

In the Progress Media Status Report, if you have access to that, it is referred to as the "Method". For example, with "NBP" or Named-User Pricing, a user is a person who has access to the application, whether they are using it or not. With "CBP" (Concurrent-User Pricing), which is no longer available for new licenses since v9 but is grandfathered for existing licenses, you license for the maximum number of concurrently-connected users. With "RBP" (Registered Client Pricing), you count devices rather than users.

There are also concepts like "user types", e.g. Standard Users vs. Occasional Users vs. Unknown Users. They have specific definitions, and not all user types are permitted in all license models (or "methods").

This is an oversimplification and I've left out a lot of details. Like in some models you count batch users and in others you don't. The upshot, as Tom indicated, is that there aren't any simple answers.


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Thank you for all the answers, and it highlights there are no simple answers.

I will report back to management and see how they want to proceed.


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Tom, no nothing like that.

It is just with the company possibly increasing staff and having extra PCs.