ConfigMgr will definitely be able to let SCCM admins know what are installed in the environment regardless if it is a server or workstation. SCCM by default comes with a set of reports that SCCM admins can utilize to gather information. The one that I am going to mention today is , "Computers that has a metered program but have not run the program since a specific date". What is so special about this report you may think, I had the same thinking as you but it is pretty interesting to know how is this data derived.
The data set for this is based on Software Inventory and this means gathering file types that are on machines. The last used time is gathered asp art of software metering.
This report will provide the information based on the files inventoried and their respective last used date. Nothing unique right?
Here comes the interesting part, picture the scenario as below.
All of us will know that in order for Microsoft Office to be used, it has to be installed and after installation, it will appear under the machine's add/remove program. This report which I mentioned reports based on not a usable application but just the executable file. This means that if I copy excel.exe from another machine to my desktop, it will take it that a working copy of Excel exists of my machine and report against that. Not very smart and logical huh?
For me, I would require to report against what has been installed and not used and not any executable files that is related to the application.
To address this, I have put together my own query as below. Hopefully it would help someone who could be in the same boat as I was. :)
distinct VRS1.Name0,arp1.DisplayName0,z.ProductName,z.[Last Use],
when VRS1.Obsolete0 = 0 then 'Active'
when VRS1.Obsolete0 = 1 then 'inactive'
end as [SCCM Client Status]
when d.IsMobile0 = 1 then 'Laptop'
when d.IsMobile0 = 0 and e.SystemRole0 = 'Workstation' then 'Desktop'
when d.IsMobile0 = 0 and e.SystemRole0 = 'Server' then 'Server'
end as [Type]
from v_Add_Remove_Programs ARP1
Left join(Select distinct VRS.resourceid,VRS.name0,ARP.DisplayName0, mf.ProductName,
from v_R_System VRS
left join v_MonthlyUsageSummary MU on MU.ResourceID = VRS.ResourceID
left join v_Add_Remove_Programs ARP on vrs.ResourceID = arp.ResourceID
left join v_MeteredFiles MF on MF.MeteredFileID = Mu.FileID
where arp.DisplayName0 like '%App Name%' and mf.FileName = 'App Exe File'
Group by vrs.Name0,vrs.ResourceID,arp.DisplayName0,MF.FileName,mf.productname)Z on z.ResourceID = ARP1.resourceid
Left join v_R_System VRS1 on VRS1.ResourceID = ARP1.ResourceID
left join v_RA_System_SystemOUName OU on ou.ResourceID = VRS1.ResourceID
inner join v_GS_PROCESSOR d on d.ResourceID = VRS1.ResourceID
inner join v_GS_SYSTEM e on e.ResourceID = VRS1.resourceid
where arp1.DisplayName0 like '%App Name%' and vrs1.Name0 is not null