Licensed-software rules overview

DTS uses a EULA-based method for determining which software products actually need licenses in your environment. For example, Microsoft may allow one license for Office 2010 Professional to also cover a copy of Office 2002 Standard, but not Office 2010 Standard. Regardless of how many of these “covered” copies of software exist on a device, you need only one license to be compliant. This is known as “effective licensing”—the number of licenses you need versus what you may have installed. DTS uses a flexible, query-based engine to determine effective licensing.

You can use the Licensed Software folder in the DTS tree view to configure and organize rules that group software products by shared license information. These rules, listed in the Licensed Software > All Rules folder, gather data for auditing and reporting purposes and show how many licenses are needed for compliance.

DTS installs with numerous rules for keeping track of licensed software, but you may want to configure your own rules for specialized software not currently represented. For more information, see Licensed software wizard.

By default, the Data Analytics software-manager service runs nightly to perform software detection and license calculation on all rule configurations in the Licensed Software > All Rules folder. This detection will not occur if you disable a vendor group from being part of the service scan.

You have the option of running these rules on demand or as a scheduled task, either by vendor group or individually. To see licensed software rules specific to a vendor, open the Licensed Software > All Vendors folder.

You can accomplish most tasks related to your licensed software rules by using the various right-click menus.