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Identification and removal of pirated software in an enterprise

Posted on 2014-03-11
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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.
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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
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by:fahim
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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.
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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...
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