How to Enable the Software Metering Spy Window
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 231409 - You can set the
Software Metering client agent to debug mode by enabling the
Software Metering Spy window. This is helpful for troubleshooting
Software Metering client problems.
How to Deny Access to Programs with Software Metering in Offline Mode
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 244906 - You can use the
Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) Software Metering
feature in Offline mode to prevent users from starting programs,
such as games or a virus program, rather than just enforcing
product license limits.
How to Use Software Metering in Online Mode to Force License Verification
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 228899 - The Software Metering
component of Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 (SMS) has two
different modes of operation, Offline mode and Online mode.
Offline mode is a passive operation that provides a list of
applications that have been executed.
Ensuring SW Metering Does Not Start Out of License Apps
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 199745 - In Systems Management Server (SMS) version 2.0, the Software Metering component can be configured to monitor the use of applications and restrict use when necessary. When configuring Software Metering, you can set it to block any attempts
to open a file after a set number have been opened. For example,
if you have 100 licenses for Notepad and you currently have 100
users using Notepad, then the next user that attempts to open
Notepad will not be able to. However, if the user renames
Notepad.exe to N.exe either by way of copying or by renaming, they
can circumvent the license restriction
Resource Manager Does Not Use Domain Names
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 201055 - In Systems Management
Server 2.0, administrators have the ability to limit users of
licensed software by adding or importing Windows NT users and
groups from Windows NT domain controllers. This is a function of
software metering and is done in Resource Manager. When you add a
Windows NT user or group in Resource Manager, you do not specify
Windows NT domains. Therefore, you cannot add a user or group with
the same name from two different Windows NT domains. Resource
Manager does not distinguish between user or group names from
different domains. This is by design.
Software Metering Components on the Client
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 198706 - The Software Metering (SWM) client agent must be configured correctly in order to perform, set up a SWM server, and configure the Tool itself. The client machine itself holds no configurable aspect of SWM.
All the client agent configuration is done through the MMC Systems
Management Server Administrator Snap-In. The client machine does
hold the SWM agent, Licclint.exe (32-bit) Liccli95.exe (16-bit).