Solved

Identification and removal of pirated software in an enterprise

Posted on 2014-03-11
3
204 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-17
If we have identify / analyse and demarcate licensed instances of some software vis a vis pirated, what's the approach that should be undertaken?

Take note, that's not a non-compliance of no. of licences purchased vis a vis deployed but licenced vs piracy issue. Some of the earliest investigation have resulted in noticing instances of folders like, 'crack', 'serial' or files like 'crack.exe' or 'keygen.exe' etc. on users c or d drives.

Considering that all machines are domain attached, a script can be run using GPO to identify the existence of these files and folders. But then, some of these can be just screesavers or other low value items while others maybe related to big ticket items like 'Adobe', 'oracle' etc. How do we demarcate? How do we automate?

Can someone advise on best appraoch to yield desired results? The current scope is only identification and not removal. SCCM 2010 is available to undertake some jobs if it's helpful.
0
Comment
Question by:fahim
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:merowinger
ID: 39920557
With SCCM Software Inventory you can easily search for specific files on all Computers and do some reports later. But i don't think you can also search for Folders. You only see the Folder names in the paths of files beeing inventored.

Maybe this could be a quick and dirty solution?
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/Q_28375797.html#a39891125
0
 

Author Comment

by:fahim
ID: 39920615
SCCM's inability to search folders is a big letdown, not sure why they did that.

Missing that, the manual search for folders and searching for interesting strings within those folders is coming out to be a longwinded manual process.

Hence this post to something elegant/automated.
0
 
LVL 31

Accepted Solution

by:
merowinger earned 500 total points
ID: 39920659
You can use SCCM to execute a script on all Clients.
The script may could search for all that specific Folders and reports it back into a database where you can run reports on. The only Problem is, you've to create that script because there's nothing predefined. Maybe Google delivers script examples.
Or you use my suggested solution and write a script which reads all the Clients Output files and writes it readable into another file or database.
You you go a complete other way and search for 3rd Party products with such abilities...
0

Featured Post

Backup Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Backup all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

Join & Write a Comment

Even if you have implemented a Mobile Device Management solution company wide, it is a good idea to make sure you are taking into account all of the major risks to your electronic protected health information (ePHI).
Find out what Office 365 Transport Rules are, how they work and their limitations managing Office 365 signatures.
Learn the basics of lists in Python. Lists, as their name suggests, are a means for ordering and storing values. : Lists are declared using brackets; for example: t = [1, 2, 3]: Lists may contain a mix of data types; for example: t = ['string', 1, T…
The viewer will learn how to create and use a small PHP class to apply a watermark to an image. This video shows the viewer the setup for the PHP watermark as well as important coding language. Continue to Part 2 to learn the core code used in creat…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now