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HP Pay per use (PPU) User's Guide for versions 8.x > Appendix C PPU Service and Command References (Windows only)

ppuconfig Command

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ppuconfig -m meter
ppuconfig -s system_id
ppuconfig -h
ppuconfig -t


ppuconfig is a command-line tool for configuring communication between ppuservice and a utility meter. A utility meter must be specified for a Pay per use system before ppuservice can collect and send utilization data to HP. In the absence of this data, HP may assume 100% utilization and bill for the system accordingly.

If ppuconfig is issued without any options at all, the current system settings are displayed.

If this is the first time you are supplying utility meter configuration information, after specifying the utility meter with the ppuconfig command, you should issue the ppuconfig -t command to perform a round trip communication test.

When using ppuconfig to modify your PPU configuration with the utility meter, it is not necessary to restart ppuservice. However, when doing this, it is recommended that you issue the ppuconfig -t command to verify the new configuration.


ppuconfig recognizes the following command-line options and arguments:

-m meter 

Specifies the utility meter that the Pay per use system should use for reporting. The meter can be specified as a fully qualified hostname or IP address. A non-blank value is required.

-s system_id 

Specifies an identifier for the partition that the Pay per use system should use when reporting. This can be any value that helps you to identify this system (for example, a tracking number, asset number, physical location, etc). Until a system identifier is specified, the hostname will be used by default. This identifier is transmitted to HP and shows up on the PPU portal to help you identify your system.


Specifies that the hostname should be used as the system identifier for the Pay per use system when reporting usage information.


Perform communication test between Pay per use software and the configured utility meter.


The following example shows configuration of the utility meter to a system called alpha.corp.com followed by testing communication with that meter in a default installation.

     C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\ppu> ppuconfig -m alpha.corp.com
     C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\ppu> ppuconfig -t

The following example shows how to set the system identifier for this system in a default installation. The system identifier can be any text that helps you better identify your system.

       C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\ppu> ppuconfig -s “rx8620 in bldg 7 1st floor:ID#234879”

See Also

“PPU Software”
“HP Pay Per Use Service”