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Catalog Software Version Checking

07/08/2019 366 views

Hi, All

I've been asked whether it is possible to track whether installed software is older than the most current version.

I'm thinking the software catalog could be a start point.

I'm not familiar with SQL, so not sure how to go about this.

In essence I need to see:

Installed version is less than 6 months older than current version.

Any ideas and suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance

Stephen

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You could create a reference machine that you would keep the software on the most current versions.  Create a report to compare that machine to all the others installed programs.  One way to insure that newest version is in the catalog is to have a machine with it installed on to be inventoried.

Answered 07/09/2019 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Good idea, building machine that is up to date, and using a SQL report to pull a Table of this machine's software versions VS. your actual devices software version.

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The software catalog will make this easier for finding differences in minor versions, but major versions will be more difficult.

Here are some previous posts that I have answered that get into some of the details on why this is so difficult to automate:

https://www.itninja.com/question/trouble-using-labels-to-script-software-install-adobe-flash-player-npapi

https://www.itninja.com/question/kace-k1000-smart-label-smart-label-for-latest-or-max-software-version




Answered 07/09/2019 by: chucksteel
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  • Thanks, Chuck
    These examples point to a specific software title.

    The mandate given to me is for every software title used by the company, check to see whether the version installed is more than 6 months older than the latest version.

    Do you know whether the KACE Catalog contains the latest version information?

    If so, how would one run a query against what is installed vs the version listed in the catalog?
 
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