TrakPC is the auditing program that runs on PCs and sends back hardware and software information to the Asset Management server. For the software, it reads the registry and retrieves the software titles that are displayed in Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. Here are a few examples of registry names:
These are straightforward. You can easily run reports on licensing compliance. Here are other examples of registry items returned by TrakPC:
If you link these to a single “Microsoft Office” software title you can report on the total of all of the individual items in one report.
There are two software tables involved with Asset Management, the Software Titles and the Software Registry. Each record in the registry table can be linked back to a record in the software title table.
When you enter a software purchase, you indicate a software title. You might record two purchases of Office 2010, one purchase for twenty-five licenses, and another for ten. Suppose you install twenty-three copies, and they show up in the registry as “Microsoft Office 2010”. Then you install eight more copies, and they are named “Microsoft Office Excel 2010”. By linking the two different registry descriptions back to the Software Title “Microsoft Office 2010”, your license compliance report would show something like:
|Microsoft Office 2010||35||31||4|
When searching for asset items, you can search by the registry description or the software title. In the above example, searching on the software title “Microsoft Office 2010” would produce a list of thirty- one PCs. Searching on the registry description “Microsoft Office Excel 2010” would show eight.