ms assessment and planning toolkit or alternative

Posted on 2013-01-15
Last Modified: 2013-01-16
I'm trying to find out details of processors and licenses from my network. I need to find out what servers have what licenses installed are they per processor etc. I have been advised on using the ms assessment and planning toolkit. I have to run it for 90 days to pick up the licenses. It doesn't seem that user friendly and I am wondering if anyone has any straight forward detail on setting it up for this task or if I would be better off using something else
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ID: 38778000
Have a look at LANSweeper, which is free for 30 days, and then remains free with more limited functionality.

I had to do a Microsoft Software Audit recently and found this to be most helpful.

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ID: 38778251
looks good, whats the criteria for scanning a machine obviously making sure rpc service is running but I am wondering what else from a firewall point of view what ports do i need to open on the pc firewall

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Yikes I notice as soon as lan sweeper is installed it can be called up by any user on the lan through a web browser and display all the details of machines and users without the need to enter a username or password
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ID: 38779201
I was able to lock down the console. Its not able to pick up client licenses for me.
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It should pick up all licence keys, not just for MS software... Regarding the requirements, when doing a scan if it has problems its has good assistance on what needs to be opened. I was able to fulfil all the requirements of a Microsoft multi-site licence audit with this one tool.

P.s. I agree that it's a bit of a pain it being unprotected as it is, but otherwise it's a good tool.

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Lan sweeper doesn't quite do what I need it to. Support said it could not scan cals that said its an excellent tool and has some great reports. I ended up using Microsoft Software Inventory Analyzer (MSIA) in addition to lan sweeper to get full server names and license details

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