Managing your software license compliance using the Software view
Asset Management Suite lets you audit software license compliance by comparing the number of the software product installations to the number 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 installations exceed the number 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 number 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. 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.
The Software view lets you manage software licenses in your environment with a few easy steps.
If you only install Asset Management Suite, the Software view is not installed. The Software view is only available when you install IT Management Suite or Client Management Suite.
Table: Process for managing your software license compliance using the Software view
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 a licensed software product.
To create a licensed software product, you identify the filter rules that define the software product and specify the software license data.
The Software Product dialog box lets you perform key software license management tasks. For example, you can create licenses for the same software product or add purchases to an existing license. You can also access and edit the full software license contract or the full software license purchase within the Asset Management Solution pages.