About metering and tracking usage of the managed software products in the enhanced Symantec Management Console Software view

Article:HOWTO63576  |  Created: 2011-12-16  |  Updated: 2013-11-18  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO63576
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About metering and tracking usage of the managed software products in the enhanced Symantec Management Console Software view

(Windows only)

Inventory Solution provides the software-based usage tracking option to help you easily meter application usage on the product level and track and manage software licenses.

You can enable the software-based usage tracking option for the managed software products and view gathered usage tracking data in the enhanced Symantec Management Console Software view.

You see the enhanced views in Symantec Management Console if you install Symantec Management Platform 7.1 SP2 and any of the following full suites:

  • IT Management Suite

  • Server Management Suite

  • Client Management Suite

Note:

The enhanced views do not appear if you install Inventory Solution individually without installing the full suite first, or you disable Deployment Solution in the suite.

For more information, see the topics about the enhanced views in the Altiris™ IT Management Suite 7.1 from Symantec™ Enhanced Console Views Getting Started Guide at the following URL:

http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC3563

By using the enhanced Software view to meter and track usage of the managed software products, you can track the following events:

  • License deployment

    For more information, see the topics about managing software licenses in the Asset Management Suite User Guide.

  • The usage of the software product

  • Last usage time

  • Installation date

See Creating and configuring application metering policies.

The software-based usage tracking option lets you associate the key program file information that application metering records to a metered software component. The software component is associated to a managed software product. Due to these associations the option helps you track software usage at the product level instead of the file level. For example, you can track Microsoft Office 2008 as a separate software product. You can see it in usage tracking reports as Microsoft Office 2008, not as winword.exe .

See Metering and tracking usage of the managed software products in the enhanced Symantec Management Console Software view.

The program files that you want to meter get updated or patched regularly, and their names and versions can change. When you run software inventory, such files are reported as new program files. Inventory Solution lets you automatically meter the new key program files together with the metered software components and software products. The predefined nightly task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product automatically associates the new program files with software components.

See About the predefined nightly task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product.

Note:

Currently, only the program files that are installed with an MSI-based installer can be automatically associated with software components. You have to create associations manually for the program files that are installed with other installers.

The Metered software without a file association report helps you define to which software components you need to manually associate new key program files. The report lists the managed and metered software products that have the software components with no associations to any program files. You can view the Metered software without a file association report in the application metering reports.



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