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Need a little help managing Software License Compliance Suite...

Created: 03 Jan 2007 • Updated: 29 May 2007 • 7 comments
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Q:
We have the CMS Level 1 and Software License Compliance Suite. The purpose of the SLC Suite was to enter software license purchase information into the NS dbase and have that license information check against the software information collected in the Inventory Solution. How do I configure the Software License Compliance Suite to simply allow me to enter software purchase info (software name, date purchased, quantity, etc.) and view a report that shows me my total number of purchased software licenses versus my total number of installed licenses for one or more software applications?

The Asset Control and Contract Management Solution Product Guide is CRAZY! What I need is someone's Best Practices guide that lays out procedures for initial configuration, procedures for inputing new software purchase info, and relevant reports showing compliance status.

A:
The following is the standard way in which I work with software contracts:

  1. Browse to the Resouces tab > Resources > Contact Types Software Licensing > Software Purchase and create a new software purchase. This is where you can enter the name, product description, quantity and license count.
  2. Once you have completed this, in the same tree view, browse to Software Licensing > Win32 License and create a new software (Win32) license.
    1. To add the software purchase created earlier, browse to the Software Purchases tab and add a rule to have it automatically add all software purchases created with the similar naming convention, or manually add the purchase under "Other Software Purchases."
    2. To match the discovered software (Inventory Solution) to the contract, browse to the Software Installs tab and under "Software License Search Rules" click "Add List." This wizard allows you to search and select the discovered software and attach the rule to the license.
    3. After you have applied all the changes, you can now browse back to the Summary tab (only available after you have created the license and applied changes) to view Installed vs. Purchased.

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jessedo's picture

This is exaclty what you have to do to manually enter a software purchase. I'm wondering if anyone has methods of entering this purchase information that is faster? It takes quite a while to navigate thru all the screens and manually enter all that data.

Jesse

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jgo's picture

Want an easier way to get purchases into Altiris? Often times I use Connector Solution to import software purchases... I am lazy... Connector Solution makes me that way.

John Golembiewski
Midwest Practice Principal
ITS Partners
Jgo@itsdelivers

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rjparker's picture

I have a situation where we purchase many different adobe products. They purchase them in groups of 13 or 20, and they get different product keys for each group purchased. Can the software purchase be tied into the summary by the different product serial keys, instead of just the product installed?

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artizhino's picture

what if it's licensed per processor? Has anyone run into this situation?

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SandyF's picture

First you may want to add the "Per Processor" to the software license types so you can tag the particular software license (I've written an article but it is not public yet; it is titled "Software License Compliance - Adding New License Types" so you can search on it in a day or so).  The next part is the tricky piece and that is the reporting.  I will create it and post it later today.

Sandy Fletcher
IT Asset Management Consultant
http://www.velocegroup.com

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bbeckey 2's picture

For instance, we just purchased a bunch of MS Office 2007 licenses under a new Enterprise Agreement... how do we track those?

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SandyF's picture

You might find this interesting and helpful. http://juice.altiris.com/tip/4936/adding-software-license-types - this link is no good any more.  I just wrote a more thorough article but it has not been published yet.  It is titled "Software License Compliance - Adding New License Types" and you can look for it after May 28th.

Sandy Fletcher
IT Asset Management Consultant
http://www.velocegroup.com

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