Saving hours of manual data collection with a quick software audit in vScope

Anton Petersson

Helping you turn insights into actions with vScope

Tracking unwanted softwares is a challenging task for anyone working in an IT department. However, having access to an updated documentation of installed applications in the environment is critical for better control of licensing, security and compliance. In this guide I will quickly show how easy it is to build application reports with help of vScope.

How to do it:

In my first example I’m going to show how easy it is to list all applications with a certain name. This is relevant when, for instance, doing a software audit looking for applications with security vulnerabilities or that have been forbidden by organizational policy purposes. This way we going to save hours of time consuming scripting and manual data collection!

1. Build a table about ‘Applications’

Start off by going into Table Explorer. This is where I can build reports and documentation about basically anything IT related.

Select ‘New Table’ and chose “Applications”:

The resulting table now shows all application (including KB-patches and updates) found by vScope.

To make it more relevant, let’s add some columns about Vendor and Installations Count. This is how it looks for me:

starting to become interesting…

2. Enter what application you are looking for…

Instead of showing all applications we can filter the table and only show the application(s) that we are looking. Now it is up to you to decide what is relevant or not. In my case, I will search for Adobe Flash applications that are installed across my network. The reason to this is all vulnerabilities that are continuously discovered. I don’t want it on my servers unless it is necessary.

Let’s have a look…

In the filter panel, add the filter *adobe flash* under the Name – Match* filter option. In your case, you can replace “adobe flash” with any other application name such as “Spotify”, “TeamViewer”, “Casino”… you get the point.

The result shows all applications matching “adobe flash”, its vendor and how many installations vScope has found.

3. Finishing the table ny excluding a certain server

The result is good but we are not finished yet. In this case I’d like to exclude the Adobe installations that is on our development server “ISL-DEV01“.. I know, it is not good but it is okay that flash is installed on this server. So let me add yet another filter excluding all installations on the ISL-DEV01 server. Obviously you should apply your machine name here.

In the filter panel, exclude ISL-DEV01 by doing the following: Open up “Installed On”, enter ‘=’ in the search bar and search for “ISL-…” and click two times to exclude:

And we are done!

Conclusion – Fun, accurate and time saving!

So, evaluation: How long did it take us to go from thought to action? From “How many Adobe Flash installations do we have?” to “OK, seems as if I need to remove some…”?

This is the power with vScope, saving you hours on time consuming boring scripting and data collection tasks allowing you to spend your time on much more valuable tasks.

Anton Petersson

Customer Success

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WHY?

Saving hours of time consuming data collection, headaches and frustration.

WHY?

SAM, Security, Licensing

REQUIREMENTS

vScope inventory of Servers
or
vScope inventory of Clients

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2018-08-14T10:31:59+00:00