ITAM Review: Windows 8 Licensing Guide


If you’re looking to get a better understanding of Windows 8 and it’s licensing, including new additions such as Windows To Go and Companion Subscription Licenses, head over to ITAM Review and check out their guide – written by yours truly:

http://www.itassetmanagement.net/2012/12/20/windows8/

This is a great site for all things Asset Management related so if you’re interested in licensing and/or Software Asset Management (SAM) – check out the rest of the site too 🙂

Microsoft License Terms


Microsoft have a range of products with a variety of different rules & rights around what you can/can’t do with them such as downgrading to a previous version.

Even for partners, it can be difficult to know each & every license right for the different products and that’s where this site can come in very handy:

Microsoft License Terms

For any OEM or FPP product this site should tell you what you need to know.

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Making the selections as above gets you a pdf of the full license terms:

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This can be a great way to double check if you’re allowed to do something!

Microsoft Windows InTune: Computers Overview


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This is the second screen in the Windows InTune Console:

Computers

On the left you can see a list of all the computer groups that I’ve created. These machines are on 3 different networks but they all appear in this one central view, which makes administration very easy!

Selecting a group on the left takes you into a new view where you can see much more granular detail on the machines. At the minute, I’ve only got one machine in each group but you get the idea Smile

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The “View Properties” button takes you deeper into that machine, with more sections available to view:

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The first few tabs are all quite self explanatory…but the final two are very interesting.

Hardware

This gives an amazingly detailed list of the hardware in and related to the machine. For my laptop, this information includes:

  • Model
  • Serial Number
  • BIOS Name & Version
  • CPU Name/Type/Speed
  • Number of disks
  • Disk model
  • Disk Size
  • Number of partitions
  • Network adapter
  • IP Address
  • MAC Address
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Printers (including Soft printers like OneNote)

and more. It’s similar to the free ware program CPU-Z (which you may be familiar with) in that it gets really deep into you machine to give you all the information you could possibly need!

Software

This gives a list of all software installed on the machine…in this case:

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It then gives you an idea of the category such as Browser, OS, Utility etc and also tells you if it’s a Virtual Application.

You can export these lists to either .csv or .html files for use with other applications and systems.

This feature fits really well in to the whole Software Asset Management piece, as organizations will have a complete, current list of all software installed on all machines. It’s very quick to update with added/removed software which will enable companies to be confident of compliance at all times.

Groups:

Creating a group is very straight forward. It has 3 sections, each with just one selection to make:

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Details = Group name (and an optional description field)

Parent Group = Choose which group this will link off from. Either “All Computers” or one of your own.

Members = Choose which machines to add to the group.

Done.

I’ll cover deploy software to machines etc in a later post.

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