The software-based usage tracking option lets you associate the key program file information that application metering records to a metered software component. The software component is associated to a managed software product. Due to these associations the option helps you track software usage at the product level instead of the file level. For example, you can track Microsoft Office 2008 as a separate software product. You can see it in usage tracking reports as Microsoft Office 2008, not as winword.exe .
The program files that you want to meter get updated or patched regularly, and their names and versions can change. When you run software inventory, such files are reported as new program files. Inventory Solution lets you automatically meter the new key program files together with the metered software components and software products. The predefined nightly task NS.Nightly schedule to associate Software component to software product automatically associates the new program files with software components.
Currently, only the program files that are installed with an MSI-based installer can be automatically associated with software components. You have to create associations manually for the program files that are installed with other installers.
The Metered software without a file association report helps you define to which software components you need to manually associate new key program files. The report lists the managed and metered software products that have the software components with no associations to any program files. You can view the Metered software without a file association report in the application metering reports.
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