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I can get the number of Microsoft Access licences in use in the network from SMS but it doesn't tell me whether they are standalone or part of an Office Pro installation.

I can go into each record manually and discover it but this will take forever

Is it possible to tweak SMS to report

a) just the Access component of Office Pro, and

b) standalone Access?

Thanks in anticipation.
 

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by:NJComputerNetworks
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Are you using Software Metering for this?  or just looking at Software Inventory?

I would setup a software metering rule.  I don't know too much about your exact situation...but Software Metering is a better tool to figure out licensing requirements...

When you set up the metering rule, you can pick the exact version of the .exe file..  (So you would create two rules, one for Office Pro Access and one for Stand alone access)  The assumption here is that the two exe are different.
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Thanks for the prompt reply. Could I please ask for some more information.

If we want to use Software Metering, how do we distinguish between the various versions?

Where is this version information displayed? And not to be confused with the patch level.

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"how do we distinguish between the various versions? "  We would first have to hope that there is a difference between the Full OFFice Access and the stand alone...  if they have two different version numbers, we are good to go, when you create the metering rule, you can specify version.

"Where is this version information displayed? And not to be confused with the patch level."  you will have to manually set this up in the Metering rule...  
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Thanks again. I'm not sure I have asked the right question or if there is an answer but here goes.

I need to know how to distinguish between standalone Access and the Access component of MS Office Professional in SMS so that I can log them separately in the Metering rule.
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Thanks for all your help.
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