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Metering applications using custom application metering policies

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Application metering is only available on Windows computers.

You can meter applications on Windows computers by monitoring the use of software. To meter applications, you create and configure the policies that run on managed computers. You can meter one or more applications with one policy.

For application metering policies to work, you must have Application Metering Plug-in installed on target computers.

This task is a step in the process for metering applications.

See Metering applications

Before you perform this step, ensure that you have prepared managed computers for metering.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

To meter applications using custom application metering policies

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Policies.

  2. In the left pane, expand Software > Application metering.

  3. Right-click the Application metering folder, and then click New > Application metering policy.

  4. On the policy page, give the policy a unique name and description.

  5. On the Software tab, select the applications you want to meter.

    See Defining applications to meter or deny

    You can also edit application definitions or delete applications from the list.

  6. On the Options tab, configure the application metering options for the selected applications as follows:

    • To configure when the applications in this policy can run, click Allow or Only deny running.

      For example, to allow an application to run only during specific time, click Only deny running, in the drop-down list, click Specific days and times, and then configure the hours and days according to your needs.

    • To track the usage events of the applications that are defined in the policy, check Record usage events, and then, in the drop-down lists, specify the event types that you want to record and the intervals when the records of events are sent to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

      For example, to record the start events and send the records to the CMDB every day, check Record usage events, and then, in the drop-down lists, click Start and Daily.

      See About application metering start, stop, and denial events

    • To define the actions to be taken when a denied application attempts to run, under If run attempted during deny hours, in the drop-down list, click No action or Send an email.

      For example, to send an email that reports the denied application event, in the drop-down list, click Send an email, in the Mail Settings dialog box, type the recipient's email address in the E-mail ID field, type a subject and text for the email, and then click OK.

    • To prompt a user with a message when the user attempts to start a denied application, check Inform user and type the text of the message.

  7. Click Apply to, and select the resources to which you want to apply the policy.

    See Specifying the targets of a policy or task

    See Specifying filtering rules for resource targets

  8. Turn on the policy.

    At the upper right of the page, click the colored circle, and then click On.

  9. Click Save changes.

The next step is to wait for the client computers to receive the new policy and report the specified software usage, and then view the data that is stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

See Viewing inventory data in reports