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How to Create Software Metering Rules in Configuration Manager

Updated: December 1, 2011

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Use the Create Software Metering Rule Wizard to create a new software metering rule for your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager site. The following procedure provides the necessary steps to create a new software metering rule.

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Assets and Compliance.

  2. In the Assets and Compliance workspace, click Software Metering.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create Software Metering Rule.

  4. On the General page of the Create Software Metering Rule Wizard, specify the following information:

    • Name - The name of the software metering rule. This should be unique and descriptive.

      noteNote
      Software metering rules can share the same name if the file name contained in the rules is different.

    • File Name - The name of the program file that you want to meter. You can click Browse to display the Open dialog box, in which you can select the program file to use.

      noteNote
      If you type the executable file name in the File name box, no checks are carried out to determine whether this file exists or whether it contains the necessary header information. When possible, click Browse and select the executable file to be metered.

      Wildcard characters are not permitted in the file name.

      This box is optional if a value for Original file name is specified.

    • Original File Name - The name of the executable file that you want to meter. This name matches information in the header of the file, not the file name itself so that it can be useful in cases where the executable file has been renamed but you want to meter it by the original name.

      noteNote
      Wildcard characters are not permitted in the original file name.

      This box is optional if a value for File Name is specified.

    • Version - The version of the executable file you that want to meter. You can use the wildcard character (*) to represent any string of characters or the wildcard character (?) to represent any single character. If you want to meter for all versions of an executable file, use the default value (*).

    • Language - The language of the executable file to meter. The default value is the current locale of the operating system you are using. If you select an executable file to be metered by clicking the Browse button, this box is automatically filled if language information is present in the header of the file. To meter all language versions of a file, select Any in the drop-down list.

    • Description - An optional description for the software metering rule.

    • Apply this software metering rule to the following clients – Select whether you want to apply the software metering rule to all clients in the hierarchy or to the clients that are assigned to the site specified in the Site list.

  5. To continue, click Next.

  6. Review and confirm the settings and then complete the wizard to create the software metering rule. The new software metering rule is displayed in the Software Metering node in the Assets and Compliance workspace.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for Configuration Manager.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. For instructions and examples, see Search the Configuration Manager Documentation Library.
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