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Can anyone recommend a software program which will report user installed on hosts in a windows 2k enviornment. And alert the network admin of any new installs on a machine.
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The software I know that will do this is Microsoft SMS.  SMS will let you do software inventory on computers running on your network and you can even do software meetering.  this is not a small application,  you will have to have a deployment strategy and make sure this is what you really want because it will install a client portion on the workstations.
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by:Gargantubrain
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For free, there is AIDA32. But, it won't alert you on new installs.

It does a lot of powerful system inventorying and you can just put it in the domain startup script for all the users.
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by:scrosbie
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Thank you both.  I heard of SMS but with my budget dont think I could go that route.  I will try AIDA32 and let yo know.

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by:Gargantubrain
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To help you save time getting AIDA32 working, here is the line in my logon .bat file script assigned to most users:

\\servername\aida32$\AIDA32 /R \\servername\aida32log$\$HOSTNAME /CSV /AUDIT /SILENT /SAFE /NT4ZIPFIX /DELAY 60

Obviously, I created two shares on the file server: aida32$ to store the "installation/exe files" in, and aida32log$ to store the logfiles from clients.

The NT4ZIPFIX and DELAY switches help on different machines on my network, one helped resolve a problem with external ZIP drives and the delay helps AIDA not interfere with some legacy applications crashing if it does the system inventory while they are starting up (sometimes you see the screen flicker when AIDA does the scan).

There are some machines I flat-out don't want AIDA ever collecting on, in the event a user or myself ever logs on there, such as the mission-critical file server, so I have a line above the aida line so it looks like:

if "%computername%" == "SERVERNAME" goto SKIPAIDA
if "%computername%" == "EXCHANGESERVERNAME" goto SKIPAIDA
if "%computername%" == "TERMINALSERVERNAME" goto SKIPAIDA
\\servername\aida32$\AIDA32 /R \\servername\aida32log$\$HOSTNAME /CSV /AUDIT /SILENT /SAFE /NT4ZIPFIX /DELAY 60
:SKIPAIDA
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by:mdubon3
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I have tested Intuit's TrackIT!,  This is an Helpdesk/inventory solution which is very cost effective for small to medium businesses and will report on applications that are installed on the host computer.  Again this is not as big as SMS might be able to fit your budget. check it out, you can download a free trial from Intuit's website. I hope it helps.
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