Nightmare Windows network and licensing

February 13, 2012 at 06:38:58
Specs: Windows 7
Ok...the last time I managed a Windows network was in late 1990s with NT 4.0. I been in web development since that time.

Anyhow, I wanted to take on some extra work, and a friend of mine works at a company where their network administrator had died.

Long story short - there is about 60 PCs all on a peer to peer workgroup. Each PC has like 5-10 user accounts on it. All PCs are islands of data. It's a mess to say the least.

Anyhow....the problem I am having is licensing issues. No one knows where any software licensing documentation is, and I having to search for CDs and serial keys whenever I need to reinstall any software. It's a nightmare.

Anyhow, is there any software out there that I can run that can take a snapshot of any running software and product keys on each computer connected to the network so I can document this information?

Thanks TJ

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February 15, 2012 at 01:34:57
Sorry to hear about the network admin..

Belarc can do this. It takes an audit of the PC and greps the product keys from the registry. And turn that network into a domain pronto!

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June 1, 2012 at 20:54:39
It depends on what software you are trying to get the keys for. If it's all Microsoft software, Belarc could help you, but that would be one at a time. Check out Newt Scanner, which will do all of your computers (Up to 25 for free) and if it provides the information you need, purchase enough nodes to do you whole network at once.

If all of your computers are brand name, there should be a sticker on each one with the key. Better yet, if you use the disc that shipped with it to reinstall the OS, you usually don't need a key.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
Baltimore IT Support

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