In audit and contract renewal situations, Oracle regularly requires the deployment of their ‘LMS Review Lite scripts’ for Oracle Database servers.

These scripts must be deployed on each Oracle Database server and produce a number of separate files containing reference information on the database instances, their underlying virtual/physical CPU infrastructure and the database option packs deployed.

The files are effectively not human readable without deep knowledge of Oracle licensing and the scripts themselves. These files are deposited by default on the local machine, outside the Oracle security perimeter.

Collectively, the script outputs contain all the information needed to assess licensing demand for Oracle Database products.

There are several substantial challenges in the use of these scripts though, quite aside from the change and security permissions necessary to get them deployed in the first place.

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