Windows 2008 Domain, audit windows 7 software

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Is there a way to audit what software is installed on Windows 7 machines which are a part of our Windows 2008 domain through group policy or other domain related function?

If yes, how?

If no, what third party software would you recommend?

Can this be achieved through Bigfix?
Question by:wbokhary
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    You can't easily do it with built in Windows tools. You could cook up something with scripting, but I really wouldn't call that easy.

    We use OCS Inventory & GLPI.,

    They are free open source and perform pretty well. Tripwire also works well but costs money.
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    Another 3rd party tool that I would recommend is OpenAudit (  We have this set up on our network, and I'm able to inventory our machines just by running a .VBS script on a local workstation.  The audited machines then upload their infomation to a server with the OpenAudit software installed.
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    I've been using mvpcinfo, it's a small standalone .exe (no install needed) runs on any pc windows 95 & up.  Not free but not expensive.

    if you need something to monitor your entire network try spiceworks, it's free, but only handles local networks(no branches).
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    yes, use belarc tool, its free
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    We just started using Lansweeper.  Its been great for automatic hardware and software auditing so far.  $300 for a single scan server license and unlimited clients.  What sold us is it uses WMI for most of the work so there is no agent on the machines.
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    Yes BigFix can do it.  
    I believe that the default application will inventory all of the apps that are installed and referenced in the Windws registry under the Uninstall hive.  There is also an add-on component (DSS SAM) which wil inventory ALL software and track usage.

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