You initiate a software metering usage report cycle, in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, by creating an instance of the CPAppletMgr Client COM Automation Class and running the Software Metering Usage Report Cycle action by using the PerformAction method.

To initiate a software metering usage report cycle

  1. Create a CPAppletMgr instance by using the CPAppletMgr COM class.

  2. Get the available client actions.

  3. Enumerate through the client actions until a match is found (in this case, Software Metering Usage Report Cycle).

  4. Run the client action by using the PerformAction method.


The following example method shows how to initiate a software metering report usage cycle on the client by using the CPAppletMgr COM class.

For information about calling the sample code, see How to Call Configuration Manager COM Automation Objects

Visual Basic Script  Copy Code
Sub SoftwareMeteringUsageReportCycle()

	' Set required variables.
	actionNameToRun = "Software Metering Usage Report Cycle"

	' Create a CPAppletMgr instance.
	Dim CPAppletMgr
	Set CPAppletMgr = CreateObject("CPApplet.CPAppletMgr")

	' Get the available client actions.
	Dim clientActions
	Set clientActions = CPAppletMgr.GetClientActions()

	' Loop through the available client actions. Run matching client action when found.
	Dim clientAction
	For Each clientAction In clientActions
		If clientAction.Name = actionNameToRun Then
		End If

	' Output success message.
	wscript.echo "Ran: " & actionNameToRun

End Sub
C#  Copy Code
public void InitiateSoftwareMeteringUsageReportCycle()
		// Set the required variables.
		string actionNameToRun = "Software Metering Usage Report Cycle";

		// Create the CPAppletMgr instance.
		CPAPPLETLib.CPAppletMgr controlPanelAppletManager = new CPAPPLETLib.CPAppletMgr();

		// Loop through the available client actions. Run the matching client action when it is found.
		foreach (CPAPPLETLib.ClientAction possibleClientAction in controlPanelAppletManager.GetClientActions())
			if (possibleClientAction.Name == actionNameToRun)
				Console.WriteLine("Ran: " + possibleClientAction.Name);

	catch (COMException ex)
		Console.WriteLine("Failed to run action. Error: " + ex.Message);

Compiling the Code

This C# example requires:




CPAPPLETLib COM Automation Library

COM Automation

The reference that is needed for early binding is CPApplet 1.0 Type Library. This creates a type library reference named CPAppletLib. The early binding object name for the Control Panel Manager is CPAppletMgr.

Robust Programming

For more information about error handling, see About Configuration Manager Errors.


For more information about securing Configuration Manager applications, see Securing Configuration Manager Applications.

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