CUPERTINO, Calif. -- March 4, 1996 -- In response to customer needs to further reduce the time and cost of supporting networked personal computers, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC ) today announced The Norton Administrator for Networks (NAN) 2.5. The popular network administration program provides a LAN-to-WAN scaleable solution for hardware/software inventory, software distribution, and software license metering across heterogenous desktop and LAN environments. Version 2.5 of The Norton Administrator for Networks extends the management reach of the program through native IP and DMI support and continues the program's commitment to heterogeneity with support for Windows 95 and Windows NT.
"The enhancements to Norton Administrator for Networks 2.5 are designed to help customers more effectively manage distributed PC LANs. For example, native IP support allows customers to manage branch offices through the Internet and company intranets. Many of these sites have been previously unmanaged, due to the high cost of implementing WAN links," said Stephanie Feraday, general manager of the Networking Business Unit of Symantec Corp.'s Peter Norton Product Group.
Extended Management Capabilities
The Norton Administrator for Networks 2.5 extends the management reach of the product from multiple sites to include branch offices. Companies can now manage a wider range of networked personal computers through the Internet Protocol (IP). By using the Internet or company-established intranets, network managers can use the local telephone system to manage remote PCs, rather than relying on expensive WAN connections.
NAN 2.5 provides native IP support through a Winsock-compliant TCP/IP stack that establishes a connection between domains and transfers files between parent and child sites. Users don't need to maintain NAN login accounts on each server or use drive mapping to establish links.
The Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF) is a consortium of companies that are working to implement a standard method for managing computers through the Desktop Management Interface (DMI). Symantec Corporation has illustrated a long-term commitment to DMI and has been on the steering committee of the DMTF since 1994.
Through support of DMI, Norton Administrator for Networks 2.5 continues to extend the scope and accuracy of the inventory capabilities of the product. Customers can use the inventory agent of NAN 2.5 to collect available information, such as attached printers and modems, from a PC's management information file (MIF). Norton Administrator for Networks will also create a new inventory category that provides information about DMI including DMI version, DMI status (loaded or unloaded), and DMI description information.
Heterogeneity: Support for Windows 95 and Windows NT
Norton Administrator for Networks also includes software metering enhancements under Windows 95. With the increase in 32-bit application usage, network managers now have a need for native 32-bit metering capabilities. NAN 2.5 includes a 32-bit license metering agent for metering of 32-bit and 16-bit Windows applications running under Windows 95.
With the increased implementation of Windows 95 and Windows NT, the registry is now an integral part of managing the desktop. The distribution module of NAN 2.5 allows the addition, deletion, and modification of registry keys. Network administrators can save time by editing the registry, either locally or remotely, using a distribution job rather than a script. Network administrators can also restrict distribution actions to a particular platform, such as Windows 95 or Windows NT. Users can also implement the distribution module to create program groups or icons.
Pricing and Availability
The Norton Administrator for Networks 2.5 will be available in the first quarter of 1995 through resellers worldwide in License Packs of 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000. Using industry standard configuration and pricing each license pack provides a license for the number of PCs that will be supported by The Norton Administrator for Networks. Estimated retail price ranges from $50/per node for 10 licenses to $37/per node for 1000 licenses. Corporate site licenses are also available.
The Norton Administrator for Networks is compatible with the major network operating systems including Novell NetWare, Banyan Vines, Microsoft LAN Manager, Microsoft NT Advanced Server, DEC Pathworks and IBM LAN Server and supports DOS, Windows (including Windows95 and Windows NT), Macintosh and OS/2 client operating systems. The Administrator's console runs on a Windows management platform which requires an IBM 80386 PC or 100% compatible, DOS 3.31 or higher, Windows 3.1 and minimum disk space of 12 MB.
Norton Administrator for Networks is a key component of Symantec's Norton Network Series of products which also includes Norton Desktop Administrator, Norton AntiVirus, Norton AntiVirus for NetWare, Norton pcANYWHERE, Norton DiskLock Administrator and Norton Utilities Administrator.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.