How can I keep track of and manage all of our software licenses for multiple copies of software?

wstark

Is there an easy way to keep track of all those copies of software that are out in the office and make sure the licenses are up to date? It's a challenge for me to keep track of everything, and I'm wondering what other people do do manage their software assets and ensure everything is properly licensed.

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jimlynch
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Hi wstark,

You might want to try License Tracker. It's a web based application that is free and open source.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ltrack/

"License Tracker is a web based application to track software licence usage. It currently supports FlexLM licensing, but can be extended to support other schemes. Both tabular and graphical reports are available."

More info here on the official site:

http://ltrack.sourceforge.net/

ncharles
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Depending on the size of your company, you might want to consider a Dell KACE M300 asset management appliance, or a KACE K1000/K1200 if your company is larger .  It is a hardware based solution to keeping track of all the computers in an environment and once you connect it to your network and get it set up, it will inventory all the machines on your network and detect software, telling you if you are out of compliance on an individual machine.  If you own software that is run on multiple machines, an M300 will let you identify the software and enter an owned count and volume licensing key, which it will check against installations it finds through your network to make sure the count matches the number installed and that they are all authorized.  The M300 will also show you what version of software are in your environment, so that you can see if Bob over in accounting is still using IE6 despite being asked to upgrade or change browsers.  It will also tell you things like hardware specs, model of desktop/laptop, OS version and installed updates, how much free storage capacity a machine has, etc.  The M300 costs around $2500, and only works with Windows systems, incidentally.      

davidborg
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@ ncharles:

Just to clarify: the KACE K1000 (and K1200) appliance is compatible with Windows as well as Macintosh and Linux, though purchasing the system will definitely depend on your company size and budget as you stated.

 

@wstark:

This link explains more about the specific features on those models, including the licensing management: http://www.kace.com/products/systems-management-appliance/features

 

Of course these appliances do a lot more than software licensing, but there are a lot of effiiciency gains in utilizing a management appliance to keep things running smoothly (and would hopefully reduce weekend 'emergency' calls!).

 

Hopefully that helps!

 

-David with Dell

sandeepseeram
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http://www.sysaid.com/asset-management.htm

The SysAid Agent enables automatic software inventory. SysAid knows at all times which software is installed on which computers in your network. Not only is this information essential to providing your end-users with better support if they have problems with their software, but it also helps you better track and comply with your license agreements.

 

There is a "Free Version"

 

Sandeep Seeram

sandeepseeram
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http://www.sysaid.com/asset-management.htm

The SysAid Agent enables automatic software inventory. SysAid knows at all times which software is installed on which computers in your network. Not only is this information essential to providing your end-users with better support if they have problems with their software, but it also helps you better track and comply with your license agreements.

 

There is a "Free Version"

 

Sandeep Seeram

Daniel Rosenthal
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White Source - is an agile browser based solution for tracking and maintaing all your OS libraries.

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