How can I perform my own audit of Windows Server licenses

Posted on 2013-01-09
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Last Modified: 2013-01-23

I've taken a position managing a decent-sized (65+ servers) windows server environment, and am trying to get a handle on where the company stands in relation to microsoft server licensing.  I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to perform my own audit of my network to obtain server product keys.

I have a mixture of Windows Server 2003 R2 Std., Windows Server 2008 R2 Std., Windows Server 2008 R2 Std. x64, Windows Server 2008 R2 Ent., and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter servers.

We run about 50% virtuals (a large VMWare environment, plus some Hyper-V nodes that haven't yet been migrated to the VMWare).

We have a KMS Server installed and running, but I don't have experience with this... I don't see that it has a report feature of any kind, but I'm hoping that it does and I just don't know about it.

Thanks for any help you can give...

Question by:meelnah
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by:Tony Giangreco
ID: 38759139
There are multiple ways of accomplishing this task.

Initially i would look for Network Inventory reporting apps. you will probably find some that can report on multiple servers at one time and provide a consolidated report.

Next, you might wanto to check on Microsoft open licensing accounts your comaony opened years ago for OS and app licensing. That should provide good info.

Lastly, if you stil have some servers with no info, download and install this app. I've used it on servers for the last few years and it works very well. It even scans remote pc's which may provide the total inventory report you are looking for.


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I have a list of two open licensing (actually called EES now, as we are education), but it's looking like we are either way out of compliance, or I'm possibly missing a vlk account somewhere.

I've used jellybean before, but only on individual workstations.  I was hoping to find something that would prowl the network and make life easier for me, but it may not be...

Just seems like Microsoft should have something that would accomplish this task, doesn't it?  :)
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Tony Giangreco earned 2000 total points
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Yes, I would assume so, but I've never searched their site or asked them about it.

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ID: 38759227
I may call them next.. thanks for your help.

I will keep the ticket open for a day or two in case anyone else weighs in.


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Just an update... I didn't really get anywhere with this.  I installed Belarc's trial version and scanned the network.  It did a great job of finding and identifying my servers, but it rarely was able to bring forth their product keys (others have had issues with this because of how MS now encrypts the keys for Server 2008 in the registry).

I called Microsoft Volume Licensing Center to discuss, and was told that MS doesn't have any tools to accomplish this task.  I'm not sure that is exactly true, as I am sure they have something that they use when performing a licensing audit, but she didn't know of anything publicly available.

I'm now trying to determine if the cost for something like Sassafrass' K2 Server and see if that's a fit for us.


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