Making sure that your current desktop software usage falls within the limits of your license agreements is an important administrative task. You need to make sure that you have enough licenses for everyone who needs to use an application — without purchasing more licenses than your organization needs. The SMS Software Metering feature enables you to monitor all applications running on the computers in your organization and to detect and monitor unregistered or unsupported software. You can also keep track of concurrent software usage to verify that you are within the license limits.
You can use Software Metering to allocate software usage to client computers according to the policies you specify and to maintain a record of usage and attempted usage. Software Metering security enables you to restrict application usage by license, quota, user, user group, or computer. And finally, you can support mobile users with license check-in and check-out.
Software Metering Overview
Using SMS for Change and Configuration Management
Systems Management Server Software Metering