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SMS Query Needed for Software Usage

Posted on 2008-10-14
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I need to find a SMS query that will tell me when the last time users opened Microsoft Project.  Basically we are over our licensing on the product and need to be able to run a query to tell us the last time users actually opened the program so we can remove it from users who are not using the program with any frequency.  I know windows can tell if it has been used recently but I do not know exactly how to access this information using an SMS query.
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by:U_Mansson
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You need to use Software Meetering for this feature. Have you actived the agent for Software meetering? Then you have to create a Software Meetering Rule to monitor MS Project.

Software Meetering is designed to what you want to do, licens harvesting/reuse of licenses.
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Is there not a way to do it without software meetinger being on?  I dont know the reason but we do not have it on globally.  If I could just run one query that is all I need.
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The SMS Inventory Client is only doing a inventory on the machine for HW/SW. It doesn't monitor start and stop on programs.
You have to active the software meetering client agent.
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Since the Software metering is a hog on the network we do not want it on but couldnt a query be written to just look at whichever part of the registry is holding the necessary information.  If you look at Add\Remove programs you get a frequency of use message next to the button you use to remove the software so somewhere burried in the registry is that information and somehow a query must be able to spill it for me.
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by:DecKen
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Software Metering is the best way to it.  
It is not really a big hog on the network, the metering data is stored on the local machine until the next hardware/software scan.  We have this set on a weekly cycle.  It works quite well
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In case anyone was wondering.  I built a small script to look at the pip files in the profiles.  I found that when I user first creates a new profile they dont have any pip files.  When they first run an office product such as word, excel, project or others the pip file is then created.  The date on the pip file does not change after that unless they save from the program.  If they are using it as a reader it does not change the pip file name.  This can be helpful in finding people using visio just as a reader or other office products that you have to have a license to run and would rather use a reader instead.

Below is the script I wrote for this.
c:
cd\
cd documents*
 
Set Logfile=\\servername\networkshare\%computername%.log
 
ECHO %computername%>>%logfile%
 
dir *.pip /S /T:A>>%logfile%

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