How SAP Business Objects Licensing works

There are different type of licensing available for SAP Business Objects as per the version installed. SAP released multiple notes to understand the same. This is quite different from SAP ABAP & JAVA system.

This comes with “Named User License”, “Concurrent Sessions Based Licensing”, CPU based etc…

Most details covers in below notes –

1285639 – What license types are available for Business Objects Enterprise?

1794184 – What are the different license types (NUL, CAL, CS, CSBL, CPU) for SAP BusinessObjects products

2251998 – How to generate license keys for SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform (all versions)

1251889 – License key request for SAP Analytics Solutions (previously SAP BusinessObjects)

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Example –

NUL Licensing – Means how many named user login into the system simultaneously. These are guaranteed users which will get the access of BO system.

CSBL Licensing – Means suppose 1 user login into the BO system & then he login into crystal reports or create any other session without disconnecting the previous one, then he is creating multiple concurrent sessions & if these sessions are exhausted by some users then another user can’t login into the system & it will throw an error.

CPU based licensing – Means unlimited named users & concurrent sessions,based on your BO hardware, ideally how many CPU cores & metrics installed in Virtual/Physical server.

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Monitor the Current Usage of SAP Business Objects –

Before changing/updating license in BO, please verify the Global System Metrics on your Business Objects Server.

Login into BO Application ——–> Settings ————> View Global System Metrics

The above will show the Purchased license details with Peak License Used.

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