2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 11, 2014 4:29 PM by Lawrence Garvin Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Re: Patch Manager Reporting: Keys

    Lawrence Garvin

      Can Patch Manager work as a key finder?

      Generally no.

       

      However, in some cases, products have been known to store the Product Key in a readable registry value.

      If such a registry value exists in the SYSTEM hive, it can be inventoried and reported using the WMI Managed Computer Inventory task.

        • Re: Patch Manager Reporting: Keys
          ialexander

          Lawrence,

           

          Thanks for your insight.

          It's a shame. That would be a great feature!

           

          Also, is there any way to search a group of computers for a specific program?

          Example: I would like to search for Microsoft Office on multiple machines. Is there any way to do this without running an inventory report on the machines?

            • Re: Patch Manager Reporting: Keys
              Lawrence Garvin

              Also, is there any way to search a group of computers for a specific program?

              Example: I would like to search for Microsoft Office on multiple machines. Is there any way to do this without running an inventory report on the machines?

              Generally, no, not if the target is more than one system.

               

              Using the Computer Explorer you can query a single machine at a time.

              You can also sort, filter, and export the results of that query, and aggregate the results from multiple individual computers via an external file (worksheet, XML, CSV, etc.)

               

              Bit. if you wish to search on multiple machines and report in the aggregate of those machines, it will require some form of inventory (to faciliate data collection into the Patch Manager database).