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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--4/13/2000

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A reader's small shop is starting to strain at the seams. With 30 users equipped with a mix of desktop and notebook PCs, monitoring licensing compliance has turned into a chore. The company is too small for Tivoli or SMS, but too big to just throw all the paperwork into a shoebox and hope it makes sense if they're ever audited. How do they keep track of licensing reliably? What's the best way to prevent users from installing unauthorized software? Are there software management tools that can help a company that's not in the Fortune 500?

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by calves In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I work for a startup company with 50+ users, on and off-site.
I use a database to mantain the Hard and software inventory. I can query the amount of licenses against the amount of users using that particular software.

Easy, inexpensive, and pratical.

C.

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by mark.tassin In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Tivoli makes a smaller program called IT Director that could help.

If all they want is to track licensing, a program called WRQ Express which CDW sells for about $50

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by mnjohnson In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

The business software alliance is the first place I would look for help. They publish a "Guide to Software Management for the US" which can be found at:
http://www.bsa.org/freeware/gsmus.pdf

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by ec364 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

There's Track-It! for Windows from Blue Ocean Software. Visit http://www.blueocean.com.

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by timgray In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Any plan to keep out of trouble when it comes to the software police starts with one major task... User Control. your users will install software without your knowlege, even if you have sent countless memos about firing,floggings,or public humiliation if the employees install software. trick #1 - Install Windows NT or switch to a UNIX platform. you need an operating system that will let you "lock out" everything but what the user needs to get their job done. NOTE: NT or another secure operating system will not work if it isnt supported by a professional (not billy the computer wiz from accounting) Lock them down,if you leave the door open someone will poke around inside. Trick #2 - run monthly audits. do blanket delete sessions on user directories. notify them that if it isnt an accepted file type it will get erased,deleted,trashed forever. Finally, never be stingy on software. If dan from marketing asks for photshop 5.5, BUY IT! dont hem and haw about a measly $500.00 program, your job is to give all

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