We've used less capable products in the past for software asset monitoring but they've always provided categories so admins could easily see if there was a new P2P app, for example.

Is there a means for KACE to provide us with default software categories or must our staff go through the 893 software titles KACE has already found on our PCs and categorize each one? It sounds like AppDeploy Live can help us understand what certain apps are, but having the category set would really be great.

Follow-up: When setting the AppDeploy Live option on the Settings/General tab, it warns that our kbox data will be shared. That's a bit broad of a description. We talking IP and version number or we talking about having our company name made public with all the software we run?

Thanks again,
- Allen
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You can create a smart label for software. So assuming a torrent client doesn't change anything drastic in their names and version patterns you should be able to pick up new versions of that into a label.

Or, you could create a custom inventory rule that uses a common file or something to identify multiple apps as one software entry and work with that.

As for appdeploy Live I don't know. I'll get someone to comment on that.
Answered 02/18/2011 by: GillySpy
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For AppDeploy Live, the details shared are essentially what you see in Add Remove Programs. In addition to this if you specify a category or threat level for the application this is contributed as well. For a look at application data shared via AppDeploy Live have a peek at the Software Knowledge Base. Additionally, you can turn it on and then exclude certain software if there is something you don't want shared for any reason. Of course, this is all anonymous and there are no records of who has what applications, it is just an automated pull of general software details available in the registry.
Answered 02/18/2011 by: bkelly
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To add to what Bob said- Data shared to Appdeploy Live is application inventory info (for grouping, any metadata defined- safe/harmful/business/etc.) and the number of node in your environement (for weighting of the metadata). Nothing identifiable about your organization is shared. As Bob mentioned, if you have applications that shouldn't be listed you can opt out of sharing those.
Answered 02/19/2011 by: cblake
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