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Are there any Microsoft enterprise tools that may collect details of all installed software on each of their desktops/laptops? I think the tool used to push out software is known as SCCM, I just wondered if theres an agent on each PC that reports back to any central tools with what is installed on each PC (if so what is that agent called). So management can run reports to see what devices have which software and which may be missing certain software.....
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SCCM Will also audit MOST installed software on all machines.  I say MOST as it will not see all 3rd party software that is installed by means that do not record details in the registry such that it shows up in add remove programs etc.

It does a very good job though.
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Thanks - where within SCCM (a tool I have never used) would an admin be able to produce a report on all machines with xyz software installed, or all machines with xyz software missing? Is it easy to produce such reports...

And also if an auditor wanted access to SCCM for audit purposes, what would they need on their win7 machine to have access, i.e. any client software?
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You can set up a user to be able to access the web reporting tool of your SCCM server without any software installed locally.

Reports can be found under...

Site Database
 Computer Management
   Reporting
      Reports

Lots and lots including the 2 you ask about.
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Thanks Neilsr - re:

>>You can set up a user to be able to access the web reporting tool of your SCCM server without any software installed locally.

I dont suppose you have an "how to" guide that I can pass on to our IT with how to set this up.. I assume I would just access the reports via a web browser, is there a login process?
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What version of SCCM?
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Good question! I'll find out! ..
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yes 2007, thanks

>>I assume I would just access the reports via a web browser, is there a login process?
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Do the reports have any impact on the network, i.e. querying >1500 laptops, would that be a time consuming report, or are the clients reporting back to SCCM  at regular intervals, and thus your just querying a database, not going out and querying the client itself?
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The interval that clients report back to SCCM is configurable.  When you run reports it is based on the most recent data available and NOT done by live query of systems.

Yes the log in process is covered in the link I sent your for configuring reporting users.
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What is on the client that reports back to SCCM? Is there a specific client software?

Have you ever found clients not showing up in SCCM/SCCM reports, if so was there a reason why they werent showing....
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You configure SCCM to deploy its own client software based on a number of criteria. AD being the easiest.
Do you actually have SCCM installed yet?
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For information on setup and configuration of SCCM see the best guide there is here.

http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1064-sccm-2007-guides/
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