How to Configure Software Metering in Configuration Manager


Updated: May 14, 2015

Applies To: System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1, System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

Use the following steps to configure software metering for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

This procedure configures the default client settings for software metering and applies to all computers in your hierarchy. If you want these settings to apply to only some computers, create a custom device client setting and deploy it to a collection that contains the computers on which you want to use software metering. For more information about how to create custom device settings, see How to Configure Client Settings in Configuration Manager.

To configure software metering

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, click Administration > Client Settings > Default Client Settings.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Properties group, click Properties.

  3. In the Default Settings dialog box, click Software Metering.

  4. In the Device Settings list, configure the following:

    - **Enable software metering on clients**: Select **True** to enable software metering.
    - **Schedule data collection**: Configure how often software metering data is collected from client computers. Use the default value of every **7 days** or click **Schedule** to specify a custom schedule.
  5. Click OK to close the Default Settings dialog box.

Client computers are configured with these settings the next time they download client policy. To initiate policy retrieval for a single client, see the Initiate Policy Retrieval for a Configuration Manager Client section in the How to Manage Clients in Configuration Manager topic.

For details about how to use software metering, see Operations and Maintenance for Software Metering in Configuration Manager.