The application metering feature requires the Symantec Management Agent, Inventory Plug-in, and Application Metering Plug-in to be installed on target computers.
Application metering is a Windows-only feature and is supported on Windows XP and above client computers only. Symantec recommends that you do not install Application Metering Plug-in on Windows servers.
Notification Server polices control the rules for metering applications. The Application Metering Plug-in that runs with the Symantec Management Agent on the target computer enforces the properties of the policies. An application metering policy can meter one or more applications.
When an application starts on a managed computer, the Application Metering Plug-in checks for an enabled policy monitoring the application.
If the plug-in finds an enabled application metering policy, it does the following functions:
Records the application summary data locally and sends this data to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB) at the end of the application monitoring period.
Sends the event notifications to the CMDB as specified in the application metering policy. It can send application start, stop, or denial events. It sends this information in batches at a specified interval.
Denies the use of the application if the monitoring policy so specifies.
When you use application metering policies, it is possible for multiple policies to monitor the same application. This situation might cause erroneous data in reports or trigger duplicate notification policy actions.