Reporting with TrakPC

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 the Windows Add or Remove Programs area.

Software Registry Name Examples:

Adobe Acrobat X

Citrix ICA Client

Amazon Cloud Player

7-Zip 19.00 (x64)

7-Zip 18.05 (x64)

The first three examples above are fairly straightforward. You can easily use those Software Registry Names to assist you with tracking licensing compliance. However, you can see that the last two examples listed are just two different versions of the same software. Linking those two Software Registry Names to a single "7-Zip" Software Title would allow you to track licensing compliance without regard for the version number.

There are two software tables involved with Asset Management, the Software Titles and the Software Registry. Each record in the Software 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 7-Zip, one purchase for twenty-five licenses, and another for ten. Suppose you install eight copies, and they show up in the registry as “7-Zip 16.04 (x64)”. Then you install three more copies, and they show up as “7-Zip 19.00 (x64)”. By linking the two different registry descriptions back to the Software Title “7-Zip”, your license compliance report would show something like:

Software Title Purchased Installed Remaining
7-Zip 35 11 24

The license compliance report only displays software for which you have recorded purchases. This eliminates software such as updates and hot fixes from showing up on the compliance report.

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 “7-Zip” would produce a list of eleven PCs. Searching on the registry description “7-Zip 16.04 (x64)” would show eight.