Free Tool for Auditing Installed Applications in Windows Networks
This software audit tool allows you to remotely collect a list of installed applications and updates from Windows PCs located in a LAN/WAN. The collected information is stored in a centralized database and includes the application name, version, installation date and other fields available in the Programs and Components dialog in Windows. This information can be exported to CSV files and compared with the results of previous scans to audit the changes.
What is EMCO Network Software Scanner?
EMCO Network Software Scanner is designed to perform basic software audit operations in local networks. You can use it to extract information about installed software from PCs located in Windows domains and workgroups. All operations with network PCs are performed remotely and invisible for end users. No client installation or special configuration are required to collect software inventory data remotely from network PCs.
How does the software audit process work? You should specify the group of network PCs to be scanned or let the application scan all available PCs in the network. Also, you have to specify the credentials with an administrative access to the remote PCs. That's all you need to start a scan. When a scan is finished, you can see its results on a screen and export them to a file.
What are the main benefits of the application? It doesn't use WMI to collect software inventory info, hence it can be used in networks where WMI is disabled. In addition, the application is designed to work in large-scale networks including thousands of PCs.
Installed Applications Audit
The application allows scanning Windows computers in a local network to extract information on applications installed on every PC. The reported information includes the application name, version and vendor, installation date and installation size, as well as other fields displayed in the Windows Programs and Components dialog.
Software Updates Audit
Information collected from remote PCs also includes a list of installed software updates. Such lists of updates are grouped by applications, so it's easy to check the history of updates for all applications. The reported information on updates includes the installation date, version, etc. Some software vendors provide a link with information about the applied changes.
Installed Software Changes Tracking
All information collected during network scans is automatically saved into a database. When the network is scanned next time, the actual software inventory information can be compared with the results of one of the previous scans to detect applications that were installed or uninstalled in the meantime and display them in a special view.
Software Inventory Data Export
For every scanned PC, you can export the collected software inventory information, including a list of installed applications, updates and software changes, to a file in the CSV format. The Export Wizard allows you to configure the export parameters such as delimiters and encoding. The application exports all collected inventory data, including all fields.