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SupportNet, Licensing and Platform Roadmap CELUG Presentation April 11, 2007. Agenda. The New SupportNet & License Reports Licensing Q&A and Roadmap Platform Roadmap. The new SupportNet & License Reports. Melinda Pyrch Product Marketing Manager Customer Support Division

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SupportNet, Licensing and Platform Roadmap

CELUG Presentation

April 11, 2007

CELUG, April 2007

agenda
Agenda
  • The New SupportNet & License Reports
  • Licensing Q&A and Roadmap
  • Platform Roadmap

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the new supportnet license reports

The new SupportNet& License Reports

Melinda Pyrch

Product Marketing Manager

Customer Support Division

Mentor Graphics

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Why Customers Use SupportNet

“Success” means customer stated their goal for the visit was met.

2006 Q4 SupportNet survey data

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What’s On Target About

the New SupportNet?

Make it fast & easy to find answers

  • Select the products you use most often and SupportNet remembers
  • Get technical information centered on the specific products you use
  • Your most important tasks (troubleshooting, downloading, researching) are easy to do

You can…...

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your first visit continued choose your product
Your First Visit Continued: Choose Your Product
  • Products are pre-populated from SRs, SupportPro
  • Keep product list manage-able (<10)

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overview all about your product
Overview: All About Your Product
  • Simple navigation
  • Product-specific search
  • New SR lookup

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Troubleshoot

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downloads
Downloads

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reference
Reference
  • Browse:
  • ~300 How-Tos & Tutorials
  • 30,000 TechNotes
  • 300,000 pages documentation

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service requests
Service Requests
  • Open a New Service Request
  • Search SR History

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open a service request step 1
Open A Service Request: Step 1

Step 1 = Describe the problem & search for possible solutions

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open sr step 2
Open SR - Step 2

Step 2 = Complete Service Request

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service request history
Service Request History
  • Quick Filters:
    • Product
    • Site
    • Company

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Service Request History
  • Display options
    • Open/closed
    • With DRs
    • Activity in last 30 days
  • Export to Excel
  • Variable SRs / page (up to 100)

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service request history18
Service Request History

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Service Request History

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system administration
System Administration
  • Product Admin = product specific
  • General Admin = not product specific

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search
Search

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advanced search
Advanced Search

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resources
Resources

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resources about support
Resources: About Support

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my account
My Account

Request changes for email address, site ID, etc.

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my account licenses
My Account – Licenses

1.

2.

3.

4.

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1 current authorization codes
1. Current Authorization Codes
  • Copy or download authcodes
  • New License Content Section

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2 license reports
2. License Reports
  • License Report = Part #s mapped to features
  • Site Config = Just the part #s

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2 license report
2. License Report

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4 view order history
4. View Order History

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infohub support training tab
InfoHub– Support & Training Tab
  • Inside Application
  • One-click access to SupportNet and Training
  • Send feedback on documentation

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let supportnet help
Let SupportNet Help!
  • New SupportNet becomes a compelling event
  • Introduce your designers to new SupportNet
    • Ask them to register
      • http://www.mentor.com/supportnet/quickaccess/SelfReg.do
    • Log in and set up product profile
    • Provide training
      • Mentor Graphics SupportNet training slides available
      • For groups, Mentor Graphics will deliver training via Webex
    • Link to SupportNet from your intranet

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licensing q a and roadmap

Licensing Q&A and Roadmap

Guy Wettstein

Corporate Applications Engineer

Customer Support Division

Mentor Graphics

flexnet v11 update
FLEXnet v11 Update
  • Originally, “FLEXnet v11” was synonymous with “Trusted Storage / Activation” paradigm
    • Would break compatibility with SAMreport v3.6
    • Big implications for customers being forced to buy FLEXnet Manager
  • Now, “FLEXnet v11” is just another version
    • Trusted Storage / Activation is an optional module
    • SAMreport v3.6 certified by MV to work with v11 if Trusted Storage / Activation not used
    • Trusted Storage / Activation paradigm would require major changes to order fulfillment systems and customer license management, so won’t happen very soon (if ever)
    • Continuing to monitor the cost/benefit of migration

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license borrowing update
License Borrowing Update
  • Statement of record (TechNote mg20966)

Dear Valued Mentor Graphics Customer,

As you may be aware, License Borrowing is the FLEXlm feature that allows a floating license

to be used off the network for a specified period of time. We understand the value of this

concept, and have investigated the "LM_BORROW" technology currently offered by Macrovision.

Unfortunately, there are security problems and ease of use issues with the current

implementation of LM_BORROW. This makes it unacceptable for use by Mentor applications.

Macrovision has told us they recognize the shortcomings of LM_BORROW, and are looking at

ways to improve the situation. We will continue monitoring Macrovision\'s progress in this

area, and will consider incorporating the capability in a future Mentor licensing release

once it meets Mentor and customer requirements.

  • Update
    • Macrovision has indicated that FLEXnet v11’s Trusted Storage / Activation is the going-forward “secure borrowing” technology for license portability
    • Trusted Storage / Activation paradigm would require major changes for Mentor and customers
    • Continuing to monitor the cost/benefit of migration
    • In meantime, portable licensing solutions available today

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licensing consumption models
Licensing Consumption Models
  • Product groups are free to choose from three basic consumption models.
    • Checked out licenses are re-used by subsequent sessions.
    • Subsequent sessions require an additional license.
    • Licenses are consumed on a per-job basis.
  • Licensing simply provides a means to consume a license based on these models.
  • Product groups choose the model that best fits their needs.
  • More details in Design Environment SIG meeting

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trl update long format licenses
TRL Update (Long-format Licenses)
  • Deploy TRL-Ready License Server (mgcld)
    • Started April 2006
  • Distribute TRL Licenses to Customers
    • Started October 2006
    • With new purchases and at annual renewals
  • New versions of applications that will require TRL Licenses to run
    • First product no sooner than mid-2007
    • Release timing is up to individual product groups
    • Will be mid-2008 before bulk of products use TRL

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trl license file changes

Current License File:

SERVER unnamed_12345678 12345678 1700

DAEMON mgcld path_to_mgcld

INCREMENT designarch mgcld 2005.060 11-jun-2005 1 3D325A413F56CECEAD9B \

VENDOR_STRING=3954FE92 SN=4235445

TRL license adds the SIGN2 field to each licensed feature:

SIGN2="1234 5678 90AB CDEF 1234 5678 90AB CDEF 1234 5678 90AB CDEF 1234 5678 90AB CDEF 1234 5678 90AB CDEF 1234 5678 90AB CDEF 1234 5678 90AB"

INCREMENT falconfw_s mgcld 2006.070 14-jul-2006 1 4D348ACFA8CDAB5D03CD \

VENDOR_STRING=3A654685 SN=4403768 SIGN2="153F 93F6 C093 6447 E234 B130 \

E40D C1FB A86E FD44 5943 CA7E 897C 751A FF21 0AA9 66C4 AC76 9451 68F1 \

81F3 68AA 34CA 16E0 BF88 D8E5 F849 BD0F A311 B55B"

TRL License File Changes

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alternative licensing vendors
Alternative Licensing Vendors
  • We recognize there is Mentor customer interest in Reprise’s RLM
  • We’ve met with Reprise
    • No compelling benefit to justify huge switching costs, even if RLM achieves parity with FLEXnet
    • We will continue to monitor the situation
  • Would like to hear why some customers want RLM
    • May be ways to provide without switching

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lsf license scheduler update
LSF License Scheduler Update
  • Via EDA Consortium (EDAC), Mentor, Cadence and Synopsys have agreed:
    • Software publishers need control on a per-license, per-FEATURE basis, for proper risk management and business model flexibility
    • Software publisher must be able to control whether or not LSF License Scheduler can take away licenses from a running application
  • Also needs product group sponsorship, corporate approval

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vista support for licensing install
Vista Support for Licensing/Install
  • Vista not officially supported by FLEXnet until v10.8.5.0
    • Mentor currently shipping FLEXnet v10.8.0.6
    • We are currently evaluating options and schedules
    • Would like to hear customers’ Vista schedules
  • Mentor Standard Install supports same platforms as Licensing
    • Will be ready when Licensing officially supports Vista

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licensing q a roadmap
Licensing Q&A/Roadmap

Questions?

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platform roadmap

Platform Roadmap

Bill Powers

Technical Marketing Engineer

Information Technology Division

Mentor Graphics

eda platform trends
EDA Platform Trends
  • Customer Environments
    • Linux and Windows installs growing
    • Unix installs shrinking
  • Continued MGC support
    • Solaris
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • Novell/SUSE Enterprise Linux
    • Windows
  • Moving away from HPUX and PA-RISC
  • Will begin adding Windows Vista support

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upcoming platform events
Upcoming Platform Events
  • Microsoft
    • Windows Vista SP1 – July 2007
    • End of Windows XP pre-loads – January 2008
    • MGC application support for Vista – Unknown – expect 1H2008
  • SUN
    • MGC application support for Solaris 10 x86 begins– 2H2007
  • HP / PA-RISC
    • SDD – no new enhancements delivered on HPUX after June 30, 2007
    • Calibre – no new enhancements delivered on HPUX after February, 2008
    • Last HPUX workstation shipment – January 2008
    • HP workstation customers moving to Linux or Windows on x86-64
  • Red Hat
    • RHEL 5 generally available – March 2007
    • MGC application support for RHEL5 – Unknown – expect 2H2007
  • Novell/SUSE
    • SLES11 generally available– 1H2009
  • Mentor Supported Configurations Page
    • http://www.mentor.com/supportnet/spt_configs/

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Platform Roadmap

Questions?

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