Report on applications running on windows computers in the DC


I have more than 50 desktops running windows 7 pro. All the desktop have an account in server 2012 AD.
I am trying to accomplish 2 things:

1 - How do I get a report running from the server (or from a 3rd party program) showing me a list of drivers installed on every single desktop? I found out that some of the computers don't have the printer drivers installed on them, and I can't go seat on every one of them to see which ones are missing the drivers.

2 - Can use gpo to activate windows 7 (the OS). If not is there another way of deploying the activation at once from a single machine?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
1) You have to run some sort of audit collection tool on the client.  Several software tools have a remote install option, but you said "running form the server" ...which to be clear, cannot be done. The software *must* run on the client to get what you want.  It can then report back to a central management server if the product you choose supports this.  Most of your modern MDM or MSP management packages do this.  From GFI to Intune to (take your pick)...

2) You can't do this via GPO.  If you have volume licenses, you can use VAMT to deploy MAK keys, or push out GLVK keys to activate against a KMS server.  IF you have retail or OEM keys, you have to pretty much do that individually due to both legal and technical limitations to individual key activations.  That's what volume licensing alleviates.

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Help MeAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cliff,

What MDM or MSP solutions do you recommend?
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
PDQ Inventory, by Admin Arsenal, is good. For a business, I feel the price is reasonable. Licensing is by Per-Admin. They have a free version.
Help MeAuthor Commented:
Thanks NVIT! I will try PDQ Inventory and keep you guys posted.
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