SAM Software

In two recent blog posts I’ve covered available licensing programs and what happens if you get audited by the Business Software Alliance. In this blog post I’m going to talk about keeping track of your software licensing through Software Asset Management and a basic overview of how the process work.

Software Asset Management (SAM) is the process of optimising the purchasing, management and recognition of software licenses. Software tools are available to assist with the process, which can be broken down into five or six categories:

  1. Inventory tools to identify what software is deployed across a network
  2. Management tools to manage license agreements and reconcile usage rights against data returned from inventory tools
  3. Metering tools to identify how frequently software is used, to allow you to remove software from computers where it is not used
  4. Policy tools to restrict installation of software can be installed, or who can use it
  5. Deployment and Patch management are usually part of the same system, and provide facilities to deploy new software packages and update already deployed software

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Turn an old Google Appliance into an ESX server

So, you’ve got an old Google Appliance kicking around? Maybe from an expired Google Enterprise Partner Program (GEP) agreement? Why not turn it into an ESX/vSphere server.

Once your license has expired, you’ll want to do is check with Google and make sure they don’t want the hardware back (they never do, but best to check). It’s safe to say that doing this is going to void your warranty.

The first thing you’re going to need to do is reset he password on the BIOS so that you can change the boot order. The easiest way to do this is to open the chassis and remove the jumper labelled PWRD_EN. The jumper is located just behind the memory towards the rear of the server. The next time you boot you can hit F2 to get into the BIOS.
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Dell KACE Admin Template

By default when the Dell KACE agent is deployed to client computers they will display a splash screen. If you have a Windows Vista or later environment this can be conveniently managed by pushing out some registry values using Group Policy Preferences. If however you still have some Windows XP client computers without the Group Policy Preferences client installed, it’s a little more tricky.
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