Managing your software license compliance on the Asset Management Solution pages
Asset Management Suite lets you audit software license compliance by comparing the number of the software product installs to the amount of purchased licenses.
Managing the software licenses in your environment lets you easily report software license compliance for software audits. It minimizes the risk that software installs exceed the amount of software licenses. Software license compliance reports let you plan your future software purchases more accurately.
To set up software license compliance, you must first collect data about the software that is installed on your client computers. After you discover the software, you insert information about the purchased licenses. Software license items let you tie together the software product information and the amount of purchased licenses.
If you have Asset Management Suite and Client Management Suite or IT Management Suite installed, you can manage your software licenses using the Software view in the Symantec Management Console. If you do not have Client Management Suite or IT Management Suite installed, you can use Asset Management Solution pages to manage your software licenses.
To track and manage software license compliance using the Asset Management Solution pages, you must insert the software-related configuration items and create the necessary associations.
Note that the process of managing your software license compliance using Asset Management Solution pages provides more options than the Software view in the Symantec Management Console provides. For example, when you use the Asset Management Solution pages, you can create and manage the software products that are not installed in your environment.
Some of the options that are required for managing your software license compliance using Asset Management Solution pages are not available if you have Asset Management Suite and Client Management Suite or IT Management Suite installed. In this case, you must manage software license compliance through the Software view.
Table: Process for managing your software license compliance on the Asset Management Solution pages
Gather software inventory.
Software inventory collects information about the applications that are installed on your client computers. To gather software inventory, you must have the Inventory Solution installed on your Notification Server and the Inventory plug-in installed on your client computers.
Create software product item.
A software product item contains information about the software.
After you create the software product item, you associate it to the software resource and to the software license information.
After you create a software purchase item, you can create valid software license items. The quantity of the licenses that you specify for the software purchase gives you the number of the licenses that you own.
A software license item ties together the software purchase and the software product. Before you can create a software license item, you must create a software product item and a software purchase item.