Determining Product Compliance

Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 provides functionality that helps you analyze and maintain product compliance on SMS client computers in your organization.

Organizations might set guidelines and standards for client software and require that clients follow these rules. You can enable software inventory or software metering and then use product compliance with these rules to detect clients that are running noncompliant software. You can then use software distribution to bring the software into compliance.

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  • Using SMS for Product Compliance

  • Customizing Product Compliance Data

To benefit most from this chapter, it is important that you are familiar with the overview of product compliance in Chapter 3, "Understanding SMS Features," in the MicrosoftSystems Management Server 2003 Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide.

This chapter does not cover product compliance issues that are related to upgrading to SMS 2003. For information about upgrade issues, see Chapter 14, "Upgrading to SMS 2003," in the MicrosoftSystems Management Server 2003Concepts, Planning, and Deployment Guide.

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