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    Welcome to the System Center Online Services Asset Inventory Service forums.  These forums have been created to encourage open discussion among AIS customers, and to solicite feedback comments, and suggestions about AIS. You may have questions that others have had before you, or you may have suggestions for the Microsoft development team for the next version of the service.    Even if you don’t, you may be here because you want to hear about other people’s experience with the service. 

    In both cases we want to welcome you and encourage you to post your ideas, feedback, questions, input and comments.


    What is it?

    Asset Inventory Service is a hosted service that allows you to download a small client and install it on your PCs, upon which the client will collect and report the software inventory of that PC to a web-based service.  The service compares the list with the AIS central software title catalog, rationalizes the publisher, names and version numbers, and categorizes the software in your reports.  You (and your designee’s) can then securely access the reports through a secure, easy-to-use website after providing proper credentials.  You can use these reports to simply count your installations, prepare for your next round of procurement, or check the successful deployment of applications.

    In the future, you will also be able to compare this information to your Microsoft software licenses and automatically build your license reconciliation reports.


    How is the service available?

    The Asset Inventory Service is available only to Software Assurance customers who have purchased the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).


    MDOP customers can activate their Asset Inventory Service by visiting the MVLS site, here.


    More information about MDOP and Asset Inventory Service:

    For more information on Asset Inventory Service, find our datasheet here.  A video and other information about the service can be found under this link: www.windowsvista.com/optimizeddesktop.  Here, you will also find information about the other components of MDOP.


    Thank you and we look forward to your participation in these forums for our new AIS service.


    The AIS team


    “This posting is provided “As Is” with no warranties, and confers no rights. “



    Friday, September 28, 2007 7:20 PM