Creating and configuring application metering policies

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Creating and configuring application metering policies

(Windows only)

You can meter applications on Windows computers by monitoring the use of software or denying software from running. To meter applications, you create and configure the policies that run metering functions on target computers. You can define one or more applications in one policy.

If you want to deny several applications, you can also add them to the Blacklisted Applications policy. This policy is a predefined policy that denies applications from running.

See Denying applications.

For application metering policies to work, you must have the Application Metering Plug-in installed on target computers.

This task is a step in the process for metering and denying applications.

See Metering and denying applications.

To create and configure application metering policies

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Policies.

  2. In the left pane, expand Software > Application metering.

  3. Right-click the Application metering folder and click New > Application metering policy.

  4. On the policy page, give the policy a unique name and description.

  5. On the Software tab, select or define the applications you want to meter.

    See Defining applications to meter or deny.

    You can also edit application definitions or delete applications from the list.

  6. On the Options tab, configure the application metering options for the selected applications as follows:

    • To configure if and when the applications in this policy can run, click Allow, Only deny running, or Deny from running.

      For example, to deny an application from running during business hours, click Only deny running, in the drop-down list, click During business hours and weekends, and then configure business hours and days according to your needs.

    • To track the usage events of the applications that are defined in the policy, check Record usage events, and then, in the drop-down lists, specify the event types that you want to record and the intervals when the records of events are sent to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

      For example, to record the deny events and send the records to the CMDB every day, check Record usage events, and then, in the drop-down lists, click Deny and Daily.

      See About application metering start, stop, and denial events.

    • To define the actions to be taken when a denied application attempts to run, under If run attempted during deny hours, in the drop-down list, click No action or Send an email.

      For example, to send an email that reports the denied application event, in the drop-down list, click Send an email, in the Mail Settings dialog box, type the recipient's email address in the E-mail ID field, type a subject and text for the email, and then click OK.

    • To prompt a user with a message when the user attempts to start a denied application, check Inform user and type the text of the message.

  7. Click Apply to, and select the resources to which you want to apply the policy.

    For more information, see the topics about specifying the targets of a policy and specifying filtering rules in the Symantec Management Platform User Guide.

  8. Enable the policy by turning it on.

    At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.

  9. Click Save changes.

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