Software Metering

Software metering allows you to monitor software usage in your enterprise. The Software Metering feature in Desktop Central, enables you to get the following information:


The features include the following:

Software Metering Reports

There are two types of software metering reports that help you make an informed decision about buying software applications and renewing licenses for existing software applications. The reports are as follows:

Software Metering Rules

Software metering rules are rules that you can define to enable easy collection of software usage data for the computers in your network.


You must know the following information before you add rules:

  1. File name

  2. Original file name

  3. Product name

  4. File version

To find out the information mentioned above, follow the steps given below:

Assume that you have to find the file name, original file name, product name and version of Adobe Media Player.

  1. Click start

  2. Point to Programs>Adobe

  3. Right-click Adobe Device Central CS5 and click Properties

  4. In the Shortcut tab, click Find Target

The name of the target is the file name. Refer to Figure 1: Target .exe file for Adobe Device Central CS5. If the Find Target option is not available, locate where the .exe file of the application is stored and follow the steps given below.

Figure 1: File Name

  1. Right-click on the target .exe file and click Properties

  2. Click the Version tab (Details tab in case of windows 7 Operating System)

  3. In the Item name list, click each of the following names to get information about them:

Figure 2: Original file name, Product name and Version

  1. Click OK

You now have the required information to add rules.

Adding Rules

You are required to add rules to monitor the usage details of specific software applications. To add rules, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click Inventory

  2. In the Actions/Settings section, click Software Metering

  3. Click Add Rules

  4. Click Select Software

  5. Select the required software application

  6. Click Select

  7. Enter a name for the rule

The name you enter for the rule should be unique and descriptive. For example, if you have selected Adobe Flash Player, you can enter Monitoring Adobe Flash Player Usage as the name of the rule. Once you have used this name, you cannot use it as a name for any other rule.


  1. Enter the following:

  2. File name

  3. Original file name

  4. Product name

  5. Version

Refer to the section about prerequisites for more information.


  1. Enter comments (if required)

  2. Click Save

You have added a rule for a software application.

By default, the software metering rule is enabled. You can disable, edit or delete the rule by using the icons in the Action column. You can also disable, edit or delete more than one software metering rule simultaneously by using the respective buttons provided.

You cannot add software metering rules for groups of software.

Predefined Rules

In Software Metering there are certain predefined rules available. These rules are used to automatically assign rules to software applications that are commonly monitored. For example, if you monitor the Microsoft Office Suite in all the computers in your network to keep a track of license information, it will be added automatically to the list of software metering rules. Rules will be created for all the software applications that comprise the Microsoft Office Suite.

Software Usage Statistics

It is important to monitor software usage statistics and record them. This information will help you make an informed decision when you want to buy new software applications or renew licenses for existing software applications. Desktop Central provides information about all the software applications installed in your network.

The software usage information is gathered from the metering rules that you create for software applications.

Viewing software usage information

To view software usage information gathered from software metering rules, follow the steps given below:

  1. Click the Reports tab

  2. In the Reports Category, click Inventory Reports

  3. In the Software Reports section, click Application Metering Rules Summary

  4. You can see the following information:

  5. Name of the software metering rule

  6. Name of the file

  7. Discovered count: This refers to the number of computers that the agent finds the software application installed in.  For example, if you have installed Adobe Dreamweaver on 500 computers, but 300 computers are not available (because they are shut down) when the agent is scanning the network. The agent will detect the Adobe Dreamweaver software application only in 200 computers. Hence, the discovered count is 200. This information gets updated everyday at 12:00 a.m.

  8. Usage count: This refers to the number of times a software application is used (opened and closed) in all the computers that are being monitored for software usage in your network. For example, if Mozilla Firefox is installed in 300 computers and each of the 300 users uses Mozilla Firefox 10 times a day for 5 working days, the usage count of Mozilla Firefox, for all the computers, will be 15000.

You can view the usage details for individual computers and individual software applications which belong to a group, in the Software Details page. To view the details, click on either the name of the software or the discovered count.

  1. Click on the discovered count number to view the details of a software metering rule for specific computers.

Use this report instead of the report Software Usage by Computer for detailed information about software usage in the computers in your network.

You can now view software usage information gathered from software metering rules.


Note : The last 180 days data from the current date is stored in the Desktop Central report.

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