K2-KeyServer Configuration Training at NERCOMP

Host Location: Worcester, MA – December 1, 2009: NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computing Program) will host a K2 User Group meeting on December 1, 2009 at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Workshop organizers, Margaret Stancer of Amherst College, and Vince Spiars of Wesleyan University, extend an invitation to all K2-KeyServer administrators to attend this 5-hour technical training taught by John Tomeny from Sassafras Software.

K2 User Group meeting hosted by NERCOMP

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

9:00am – 3:00pm

College of the Holy Cross

Hogan Campus Center

Worcester, MA

The following is an invitation extended from Margaret Stancer of Amherst College and Vince Spiars of Wesleyan University:

As software and IT expenses at academic institutions escalate there is a natural demand for increased scrutiny. One place that is often overlooked when doing cost analysis is measurement of the effective utilization of software application licenses that we purchase. Why buy another license when you may be under-utilizing what you already own? In addition, the possibility of being audited and then incurring substantial financial penalties, makes software license management a real place to reduce and/or contain costs.

Many of us use K2-KeyServer, the very popular license management utility made by Sassafras, to leverage the value of our software purchase and deployment practices. However, K2 is more than just a simple metering tool. On Tuesday, December 01, John Tomeny from Sassafras Software will lead an extensive and in-depth User Group meeting to help us make the best use of the K2 license management tool set. This will be a technical presentation, NOT a marketing show.

Included will be new functionality in K2 v6.2 with special attention to: management strategies for common (and uncommon) license policies; negotiating the balance between licensing rights and costs; using Divisions, Groups, Filters, and Rules; managing multiple versions of a program; multiple license entitlements for the same program; conceptual differences of software product management vs. software program management; and lab management, scheduling, and license reservations. Bring your questions, real-world issues and be prepared to learn more of what K2 can do for you and your institution.

For more information about the new version, K2 v6.2, go to:

Details and registration for the December 1 User Group Meeting:

Workshop Organizer/Hosts

Margaret Stancer
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

Vince Spiars
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459

Additional Information

Event Schedule:

  • 8:00am – 9:00am – Registration & Coffee
  • 9:00am – 3:00pm – Speaker: John Tomeny, VP, Business Development, Sassafras Software Inc.
  • 10:15am – 10:30am – Break
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm – Lunch

Agenda for the Day

K2 Administrative Overview

  • Administrative console design and function
  • Three IT Assets: Computers, Software, License Entitlements
  • Exploring the K2 Tool-set

K2 Configuration

  • Using Divisions, Groups, Folders, Filters, and Rules
  • Ignoring uninteresting programs
  • Software product management vs. software programs
      (with examples on managing Adobe CS3 & CS4 licensing)
  • Managing multiple versions of a program (K2 variant mask)
  • Multiple license entitlements for the same program
  • Lab Management, scheduling, and license reservations

Special Workflows and Processes with K2

  • Virtual Computing and K2
  • Auditing Application Servers

Introduction to KeyReporter – K2 Web Reports

  • KeyReporter web reports
  • Scheduled reports
  • Personalized RSS feeds
  • Custom web interfaces

Integration with External Systems

  • External Reports (Crystal, Access, etc.)
  • To export or not to export

Common Technical Topics

  • Automated Client Deployment
  • Duplicate Computer Records
  • Using K2 with DeepFreeze

Tips & Tricks

  • How many of my “AutoDesk” computers are ready for an upgrade?
  • Cloning a master computer image
  • Passing parameters in reports (using Filters for reports)

3:00pm – Evaluations and end


John Tomeny

John Tomeny is a seventeen-year veteran of the Software Asset Management (SAM) and IT Asset Management (ITAM) industries. He is VP of Business Development for Sassafras Software, the publisher of K2 – KeyAuditor & KeyServer, a pioneering license compliance tool first published in 1989.

John is Convener of the ISO/IEC 19770-3 working group on Software License Entitlement, a distinguished recipient of the IAITAM Fellow designation from the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM), a recipient of the 2007 SAM Practitioner of the Year award, a member of the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Finance & Operations Executive Council, and the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF).

John serves as chief IT Asset Management (ITAM) consultant and trainer to Sassafras’s North American and European customers. In this capacity, John provides one-on-one training services for hundreds of SAM practitioners. He is a contributing author for SAM and software licensing topics to ITAK Magazine published by the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM). He is a co-author of the ISO/IEC 19770-2 Software Identification Tag standard and the ISO/IEC 19770-3 Software Entitlement Tag standard.

John has consulted numerous times over the years with Adobe Systems on licensing concerns beginning in the early 1990’s with Adobe’s introduction of concurrent-use licensing language for its “Open Options” volume licensing programs. He was a contributing author to the SIIA’s former “Self Audit Guide” used by corporate and educational organizations worldwide to achieve software license compliance.

As a leader in software licensing technology, Mr. Tomeny actively promotes the dialog between software licensing administrators, software publishers, and license service providers. He has presented software licensing discussions by invitation at many industry forums including Gartner Group’s Software Asset Management Special Interest Group (SWAMI), Macworld IT Management Conference, SIIA, IAITAM, the US National School Board’s Association (NSBA), the Japan Personal-Computer Software Association (JPSA), the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Goldsmiths – University of London, the Academic Applications Forum – United Kingdom, the US Department of Defense (DOD) Software Product Manager’s Team, the DOD IT Asset Management Integrated Product Team, IBSMA and numerous other forums.

Contact Information

Lisa DiMauro


To register, go to:

Hotel Information

Rooms are available at the Comfort Inn, 426 Southbridge Street in Auburn, MA.

Please state that you are with NERCOMP and you will receive the reduced rate of $85, includes continental breakfast & internet access.

Call the hotel directly at: 1-508-832-8300
The room block will be held until November 20, 2009.

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