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NT 4.0 SP5 or greater with IE 5.5 or greater, Workstation
or Server; Windows 2000 SP2 or greater with IE 5.5 or greater,
Professional, Server and Advanced Server; Windows XP Professional
(1-10 systems license, electronic download)
to know a secret? One of the biggest fears experienced
by corporate executives is that an auditor will
show up one day to do an actual count of the
number of software installations compared to
the actual number of licenses bought and paid
for. Don't laugh - even in a small company, using
10 licenses of Microsoft Office on 30 workstations
amounts to at least a US$10,000.00 copyright
violation (if the auditor only demands that you
immediately purchase the correct number of licenses).
If you add inadequate licensing of MS Windows
itself, WinFax Pro and a few other common programs,
the bill can quickly reach $100,000 or more.
In companies with 100's or 1000's of workstations
the violation reaches into the millions of dollars.
Don't even think about Business Software Alliance
(BSA) fines which can run to $100,000 per disk
audits and site raids are not funny - not funny at all. And
they're happening every month across North America, Western
Europe, India, South Africa, Japan and so on, conducted by
BSA, FBI, RCMP, Scotland Yard and other police forces. It's
been too easy to buy a handful of software licenses, complain
about the prices to salve your conscience, then blithely proceed
to install those few licenses on dozens or hundreds of computers.
is designed to inventory all software on a site without having
to physically send IS/IT staff to each and every computer
on the entire network. Sitekeeper will also install software
remotely over Windows NT, 2000 and XP operating systems using
a simple, fast, two-stage operation that will free system
administrators from having to invest days and weeks of IS
labor to do the job manually.
installed Sitekeeper on a PIII/500 network server with 396MB
RAM running Windows 2000 SP2. We then installed the free copy
of the Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) which is
supplied via an installer link from the Sitekeeper web site.
If you already have a usable SQL 7 or SQL 2000 server running,
you don't need MSDE. Once Sitekeeper is installed it can be
used to scan all flavors of Windows NT4, 2000 and XP (but
not Windows 95/98/Me yet). Sitekeeper runs in its own Internet
Explorer window and displays report data in separate windows.
When the program is first run, a guided system and database
configuration routine appears which sets up the database and
allows you to choose which computers to inventory.
has three main sections:
Tracker figures out what software is installed on each computer
on a network and maintains an updated record for all the software
which includes details about versions, builds, updates, and
patches. The function does its job by scanning the Registry
on each computer on the network. Initial scanning can take
anywhere from a split second to half a minute per computer,
depending on how much software is installed on each one, network
loading, individual computer loading and the priority of the
service setting. For extreme high-speed scanning, do it after
hours (if there is such a thing on your network). It's fast
enough in any case and the report that's generated is accurate.
Tracker provides a software license compliance report (i.e.:
the number of machines per product) and lets the system administrator
or inventory controller (or whomever) know how many licenses
or updates may be needed with automatic, up-to-date record
keeping. License Tracker can also ferret out individuals who
have installed software without the administrator's permission.
Gotcha! (not surprisingly I found a couple of 'violators'
on my own network). This function is as much an anti -virus/
security review and standardized system reinforcement as it
is license compliance tracking. Once License Tracker is set
up, it runs automatically.
allows administrators to easily install or uninstall from
a central location on selected computers throughout a site,
any software, updates, upgrades and patches which are logo-compliant
for Windows 2000 and Windows XP or Microsoft Installer compliant.
PushInstaller can also be used to install Windows itself onto
clean desktop machines. Microsoft's SMS does the same sort
of thing, but it's a lot harder to learn and use than PushInstaller.
It only took about 5 minutes to figure out and begin using
The big (sick) joke in all of this may be that the offices
of some people working on software licensing cases are also
reputed to be software license offenders. Now let me see -
count their computers, then count the number of WordPerfect
licenses, then count the number of WordPerfect licenses on
laptops which are taken home, etc., etc. Hmmm. Only SQL database
is supported at this time, but broader database support is
in development. No data exchange or conversion between Sitekeeper
and SMS. No support for Win95/98/Me.
Sitekeeper requires Administrator privileges for any installation.
It means that reliable inventories and license tracking are
possible without problems caused by casual data input. Find
out real fast how much money you need to spend on software
licensing. Background services use very few CPU cycles - most
computer users on the network won't notice when their machine
is scanned. Reports can be printed, saved to a file or exported
to Excel. Sitekeeper can help managers, owners and executives
create rational software purchasing budgets, deploy new software,
updates and patches. Pop-up messages alert you to license
inadequacies, which means you don't have to manually search
a database to find the problems. The smallest companies (5-10
workstations) to the largest organizations with tens of thousands
of computers should consider Sitekeeper. The software works
extremely well. Recommended.
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