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Installer event monitoring for high accuracy and low cost software install/uninstall reporting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247947D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

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Installer event monitoring for high accuracy and low cost software install/uninstall reporting

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Installer event monitoring for high accuracy and low cost software install / reporting

Software Asset Management solutions require software scans to be ran on machines in order to determine what software is installed at any given time. This discovery information may be used for inventory/license calculation etc. Down side of such scans is that they require heavy resource use on scanned machines. Which means that either scans will be accurate and frequent or less accurate, but done on a weekly basis to avoid resource consumption.

This also means, that if scan is done on a a weekly basis, it is possible that software uninstalled day after scan, will remain discovered as installed for another 6 days, until next scan is ran, in once per week scanning schedule. Another example is with virtualization some machine lifetime may start and end in between the scans.

Disclosed idea is to enable monitoring of most popular installers (InstallAnywhere, InstallShield, Orca etc.) and intercept installation/uninstallation events and push such information directly to SAM server along with meta data of installed application.

The are several installers that cover 95% of software installations, so the list of supported installers would be rather short. This approach allows for the information about new software installed or uninstalled to be sent to server instantaneous

without need of waiting for scheduled scan. Next scheduled regular file system scan

would confirm that software is...