Q: Do I need to buy a management license for network devices that I’m monitoring with System Center Operations Manager?

A: If your network device performs functions only at OSI Layer 3 or lower (network, data link, and physical) then no Operations Manager ML is required. This includes devices such as bridges, switches, routers, and hubs.

However, if the network device is a firewall, load balancer, or other advanced network device, then a management license is required for monitoring with System Center Operations Manager.

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