This step by step guide will show you how to setup your System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to report to you the Autodesk software that is installed on your clients machines but will also give you the serial numbers for the software and what software package is installed. (If you find the pictures hard to see, you can click on them to enlarge them).
To do this, you will first need to download the Autodesk Serial Number package that I have created.
There is now an updated version of the CI code and report which is available here:
Note that we now recommend a new way of carrying this one, you can view the new guide here.
Once you have this package, make sure you have unzipped it ready to use.
You are now ready to start configuring your Configuration Manager.
Go into the Administration tab and then go into Client Settings
Right click on Default Client Settings and click Properties
Click on Hardware Inventory and click Set Classes button
Click the Import button
Browse to the AutodeskMofEdit.mof file that you downloaded earlier
You will see the following Import Summary
Click Import button and ensure that you have selected Import both hardware inventory classes and hardware inventory class settings
Once import is complete, you should see the classes in the hardware class list like below:
Then click OK until back to the main console screen.
Once you have successfully imported the hardware class you then need to create the DCM settings, so now go into Assets and Compliance then Configuration Items
Right click on Configuration Items and click Import Configuration Data
Click on the Add button and browse for the CAB file that is in the package that you earlier downloaded called “Autodesk Serial Numbers Configuration Items.cab” and import this file.
If you get a verification message, just click Yes to continue then click ok to go back to the main console.
Then go to Configuration Baselines and right click and click Import Configuration Data.
Add the Autodesk Serial Numbers Configuration Baseline.cab and import using the same process as above.
You can then deploy this baseline to a collection of your choice (I have personally distributed this to All Systems to collect data from all my client machines)
Once this is complete, you then can create the reports to display this gathered information.
To do this go into Report Builder 3.0 on your SQL Server.
Click New Report and then Table or Matrix Wizard
Click Create a dataset and click Next
Keep the default dataset that appears and click Next
If prompted for a username and password, ensure that you use an SQL administrator account
Click Edit as text:
In the text box, copy and paste the code from the file AutoDeskCustomReport.txt that you downloaded within the package earlier, then click Next.
Then you need to build the layout and data of the report, take Computer_name, AutoCAD_version, AutoCAD_rel and drag them into Row Groups
Then drag AutoCAD_Serial_Number into Values as below and then click Next
On the layout, make sure you untick Show subtotals and grand totals and also untick Expand/Collapse Groups then click Next
Then select a colour scheme of your choice and click Finish
You then need to save this report to your Configuration Manager 2012 server by clicking the save icon at the top left and then save it wherever you save your custom reports.
If you then run the saved report, you should start to see the information that you require.
A big note for the end of this guide is that this information relies on getting into the Configuration Manager 2012 database by using DCM and hardware inventory. This means it is at the mercy of your scheduled run times for both DCM and hardware – the default in Configuration Manager 2012 is 3 days for each one, so if you have not changed this information then it could take up to a week to see any data in the report – you can always change your DCM schedules and hardware scan schedules (I’ve changed both mine to 3 hours just to get some data into the database) but this choice is yours.
Please leave comments on this post if you have any questions or if you have used this successfully as it would be nice to hear back if this has worked for others.