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I work at an architectural firm, and our users use a lot of Adobe products or AutoCAD products.

We deploy most software through SCCM, and we have a finite amount of licenses to use.

We need to manually check if there are licenses available before deploying software. We then need to manually obtain management approval, before adding the computer name to the specific AD group, so SCCM can deploy the software.

This is a bit tedious, in terms of not instantly knowing how many licenses are in use. Also, Adobe don't offer network licensing, which would make things much easier.

My question is: is there some sort of License Manager application which can handle automated assignment/deployment/management of licenses?

UPDATE: This thread may be what I'm looking for.

UPDATE: GLPI looks like it duplicates the majority of the functions we already have in SCCM:

  • Determine which machines have licensed apps installed.
  • Configuration Management
  • Driver Management
  • Hardware Audits
  • Network Audits
  • SMS Reports
  • SCCM Software Distribution Reports
  • Software Update Management
  • Upgrade Assessment
  • WOL

The only thing missing is automatically determining if there are available licenses before deployment.

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I came to say GLPI, but I think that thread pretty much answers your question. – joechip Jul 5 '11 at 4:42
Looking at GLPI, it duplicates the majority of the functions in SCCM, which we already use. – Steve Jul 5 '11 at 5:26

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I've never used any kind of central management of licenses or software,other than WSUS, so have worked around this sort of problem by using logon scripts which parse the machine registry to determine what software is installed and output the data to log files, one per machine.

I later process the log files to extract the data of interest, which is used to populate a database. Using an Access front end to the database (MySQL), reports are easily produced for whatever software I want to query. Not exactly an out-of-the-box solution but it is effective and costs nothing.

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SCCM is already able to determine which machines have licenses. It doesn't know how to check if there are licenses left before new deployments of software, however. – Steve Jul 5 '11 at 6:48

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