Software metering in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager allows you to monitor and collect software usage data on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager clients.
The collection of this usage data is based on software metering rules that can be configured by the administrator in the Configuration Manager console, or by the automatic generation of rules that are based on usage data collected by Configuration Manager inventory. The Software Metering Client Agent evaluates these rules on Configuration Manager client computers, collects metering data, and reports this back to the site database. The Software Metering Client Agent continues to collect usage data when there is no connection to the Configuration Manager site and reports this back when the connection is re-established. Software metering data that is held on the site database is summarized on a specified schedule and propagated up through the site hierarchy to any parent site. As a result, the central Configuration Manager site database contains usage data from all client computers within the site hierarchy.
By default, software metering rules are active only on the Configuration Manager site where they were created. When you create a rule, you can specify that it should be copied to all child sites of the Configuration Manager site where it was created.
After you collect usage data from Configuration Manager clients, you can use different features to view the data, including collections, queries, and reporting. This data, combined with data from software inventory, can assist your organization in determining the following:
- How many copies of a particular software
program have been deployed to the computers in your organization.
Among those computers, you can determine how many users actually
run the program.
- How many licenses of a particular software
program you need to purchase when you renew your license agreement
with the software vendor.
- Whether any users are still running a
particular software program. If the program is not being used, you
might consider retiring the program.
- Which times of the day a software program is
most frequently used.
|For information about using Software Metering in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133896.|