Software metering allows you to track the usage of any software in your enterprise. With Software Metering, IT admins can:
Derive the usage statistics of software used in computers in your network
List prohibited software applications in your network
Detail the usage of software that help you plan your software license renewals and purchases
Arrive at the license compliance status for effectively used software
Software Metering rules are conditions that can applied before publishing a rule.
Check the below mentioned parameters which needs to considered before defining a software metering rule:
File name : Name of the software which is going to be metered. Check the properties of the targeted software to find the file name.
Original file name : In most cases, the original file name is the same as the name of the software. If a user has renamed the executable file of a software, you can track the usage of that software based on its original file name.
File version : The version of the targeted software.
To add rules, follow the steps given below:
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. You cannot add software metering rules for groups of software.
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IT admins can generate reports on the metered software to audit the usage statistics. There are three types of software metering reports that help you make an informed decision about buying software applications and renewing licenses for existing software applications.
Software metering rules summary
Based on the rules added for metering a particular software, this report provides the following details :
Computers with metered software
Users with metered software
The last 90 days data from the current date is stored in the Endpoint Central report.