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Is there a way to retreive all the MS product keys from the workstations on our domain

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We are trying to clean up our workstation physical files folder and have many product keys that are unaccounted for. I am looking to find out if there is a way to retreive all the MS product keys from one single point of deployment "i.e" Active Directory. I would like to compare the product keys that it retreives to our database of installed software.
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by:neothink
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you could run magic jellybean and connect to each machine remotely and get the keys.
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by:Joseph Daly
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Ok just tested this on my machine and it works. If you download magic jellybean keyfinder.
http://magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

This has an option to run via command line and output its results to a location using the following syntax
keyfinder.exe /save c:\keyfinder\

My guess is that you could probably run this in a logon script and just change the save location to a network share. One thing to mention though is that the network share you need to create for this will need to have write access available for authenticated users, to be save I would set it as everyone but its up to you.

The magic jellybean software collects all kinds of serial keys so hopefully this does what you need.
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by:choswoot
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This isn't free but relatively cheap and easier
http://www.nsauditor.com/product_key_finder.html
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by:ryro04
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This is great, pulls all MS Products and has options for others
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