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01: How can I tell how a machine is licensed (by GPO, MDM, or XML file), and also know for what components it is licensed?

You can use the ppupdate tool to both refresh cached policies and determine the licensing method, you can determine:

  1. Methods (Group Policy, MDM, and/or XML)
  2. Start and Expiry Date
  3. Which GPO or which file is performing the license
  4. Which Components are licensed
  5. Which Components are licensed for which Capabilities (for instance PolicyPak Least Privilege Manager Standard vs. Complete)
  6. When a specific component is expressly disabled via an ADMX policy
  7. When a specific computer is licensed via multiple methods

Some examples below of how a computer could be licensed and the types of output you can expect.

Example 1: Computer in the name, acts fully licensed for all components. Very useful for testing licensing issues.

Example 2: Completely unlicensed.

Example 3: Some items are licensed and not others. Typical when a customer is a Professional Customer and has purchased licenses for SPECIFIC components.

Example 4: Licensed by placing the XML file directly upon the machine, and not by GPO.

Example 5: When a component is licensed, but expressly disabled by ADMX.

Example 6: When a computer is licensed via multiple methods

Example 7: When a computer is licensed for SOME components via PolicyPak Cloud
Note: The Expiry date expresses when the computer is required to check-in by to maintain the license; not the actual expiration date of all computers. (That information is only found in PolicyPak Cloud Portal.)

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