Use the software counter

Use a software counter to count the licenses for a specific version of software and receive summary or detailed results.

When a software counter runs for the first time, it can take several minutes to process records. The license counts are cached so that on subsequent runs, the counter processes only changed records, both those fromDiscovery or altered entitlements, making it faster. The Software Counter form contains check boxes to enable faster counting through the use of quick counters. For more information on using quick counters, see Setting Up Quick Counters.

Use a software counter to count the licenses for a specific version of software and receive summary or detailed results. For example, an asset manager can look at summary information to discover which departments are not in compliance. Then, department managers can look at detailed information to determine the people or individual computers that are not in compliance.

Software counters return results by Licensing Type:
  • Entitled in use: Number of people who have been allocated a license and installed the software.
  • Entitled not in use: Number of people who have been allocated a license but did not install the software.
  • Not entitled: Number of people using an unauthorized copy of the software.
  • Not allocated: Number of licenses not assigned.
Note: For information about the scheduled job that runs all counters each day or the steps to run all counters manually, see Schedule a software count.
The Software Counters list is color coded:
  • Green - in compliance
  • Orange - within 5% of being out of compliance
  • Red - not compliant
Figure 1. SAM software license compliance check
SAM software license compliance check