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Use software counters to calculate IBM PVU licenses

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Use software counters to calculate IBM PVU licenses

To calculate IBM PVU licenses, you can create a software counter with the IBM PVU license type. For a given PVU software package, you only need to create the counter once and then it can be reused.

Before you begin

Role required: sam

About this task

Processor definitions are searched as licenses are counted. If a processor definition is found, but no PVU mapping link exists for the processor, the system automatically does the following to obtain a PVU mapping link.
  • Pre-filtering based on processor name.
  • Advanced filtering based on PVU mapping records' condition field.
  • If no exact match is found, the most expensive mapping is used to increase the chance of being compliant.


  1. Navigate to Software Asset > Reconciliation > Software Counters.
  2. Click New.
  3. Enter a Name.
  4. Select a Software Model.
  5. Select a level of adherence to the license in the Enforce to field.
  6. For License type, select Per Installation - IBM PVU.
    PVU software counter
  7. Add information to other fields as necessary.
  8. Right-click the header bar and select Save.
  9. Click Count licenses.
    SAM software counter PVU results
  10. In the Software Counter Results list, drill down to obtain summary and detailed information.
    SAM software counter PVU results