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Windows 2000 Server: Audit Client Licenses tool?

Posted on 2004-08-04
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Hello experts...

I am trying to assist the IT Director in performing a software compliance audit, and every time I look at this it gets more complicated.  We have GASP and will eventually audit all produts...
But for now, I have boiled it down to just "How many computers are connected to our Windows 2000 Server, and what operating system are they using?"

Is there a tool?  I read a lot from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/datacenter/proddocs/en-us/Default.asp?url=/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/datacenter/proddocs/en-us/sag_LICEconcepts_302.asp

but...the information corresponds to Server 2003.  Is there a client license tool for Windows 2000, and if so how do I access it to determine how many computers are on our network and which operating system they use?  Will this require a call to Microsoft?  If this tool exists, would it tell me how many more licenses I have to grow with?

-Jess

p.s. I apologize in advance for my limited understanding of Server 2000 and licensing in general...
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Another informative link I found...

http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBH/tip3800/rh3886.htm

-Jess
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by:Fatal_Exception
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The best utility I have found for this is Languard Security Analyzer..  It is the first thing I run when doing an audit of a clients LAN...

This is free, and will scan your entire network.  It also tells you what holes you have open in the client machines...
 
http://www.gfi.com/downloads/downloads.asp?pid=8&lid=1

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Gave information to IT Director, still waiting to hear back...

-Jess
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by:Fatal_Exception
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I have looked for a utility that would audit CAL's, but cannot seem to find one that will work for you..  I do have lots of resources regarding licensing, but none for auditing..    Best way that I know is just to go to your Licensing Manager to find out who is getting the licenses..  
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I'll take whatever information I can get...are they links?  software?  ideas?

-Jess
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Here is what I have at hand on my home system, but I more at the office.  Licensing is the most complicated aspect of using MS products.  I attend Technet Events all the time, and when I ask a licensing question, even the MS speakers hesitate to answer and always end up referring me to someone in Redmond...  :)  

Unfortunately, I am going out of town tomorrow to the country, and will not be back until Monday.  I will try to remember to dig around my office computer for anything else I might have on this....

http://windows.about.com/library/weekly/aa010225b.htm

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/volbrief.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/default.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/pricing/model.asp

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/howtobuy/licensing/default.mspx
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This is great information, I'm going through it right now...

-Jess
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Thanks.. hope you got the info you needed..

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