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Symantec Announces Norton Administrator Suite

Essential Edition provides integrated, platform-independent control of a wide range of network administration functions

Las Vegas, Nev. -- April 2, 1996 -- In order to enhance a LAN administrator’s productivity and reduce network administration problems, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC ) today announced Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition. Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition integrates a wide array of features, including hardware and software inventory, software metering and distribution, desktop virus protection, desktop configuration management, and remote control -- essential features to network administrator in the day-to-day management of the network. Each of the suite’s components are the market and technology leaders in their categories, proven on more than 10 million desktops worldwide.

Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition is a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for companies managing a local area network (LAN) with less than 1,000 nodes. Industry research indicates that these companies are concerned with management events such as network inventory, software license compliance, end-user support and anti-virus protection. The Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition provides solutions for those network challenges and others in an all-in-one CD that is available now. For those companies managing multiple LANs or WANs with more than 1,000 nodes, Symantec’s Norton Administrator Suite - Premier Edition in a "select" CD form, where customers will be able to select only those components they use, will be available in the second quarter of 1996.

"Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition is based on Symantec’s Norton Enterprise Framework, an architecture for providing integrated, platform-independent, centralized network administration solutions," said Ted Schlein, vice president of Networking and Client/Server Technology at Symantec. "Because of our approach, network administrators are able to proactively manage network events. For example, administrators can use distribution to install common desktop configurations and software and then use inventory to decide which machines get which configurations and software."

Integrated Network Administration
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition provides a single, integrated installation for all components. LAN administrators can then access a single Windows console (running on Windows 3.x, Windows 95, or Windows NT) for all applications. The product is very easy to setup and use providing common user interface elements and a common application database for various components, such as inventory and metering. Tight integration across all components makes it easy to address common problems. For example, LAN administrators can use inventory to find machines that don’t have anti-virus software installed and then use distribution to install anti-virus software and virus definition updates.

Hardware & Software Inventory
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition provides hardware inventory data on more than 300 fields of detailed information. The hardware inventory component supports the Desktop Management Interface (DMI) and can collect available information, such as serial number, system name and primary user information, from a PC’s management information file (MIF). The product’s software inventory component recognizes more than 5,100 applications, including 32-bit programs, and allows LAN administrators to track system files and edit the application database. Administrators can also collect network information and IP addresses under Windows.

Software Distribution
The product’s software distribution component delivers and installs updated files and software automatically and lets administrators edit the registry, text, and .INI files. Administrators can customize distributions and receive detailed error logging reports. Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition also supports Novell’s NetWare Directory Services (NDS) which allow administrators to distribute software to existing NDS user and group levels in addition to including NT Server Domain support.

Software Metering
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition allows either permissive or restrictive license metering of applications on the server or workstation. Administrators can also meter predefined suites or define custom application suites to meter. Metering of native Windows 95 applications is also supported.

Desktop Configuration Management
With the desktop configuration management component, administrators can control user access to data and applications. In addition, administrators can simplify and customize user interfaces and user access to desktop and network resources. Desktop configurations can be designed to augment or replace the user interface component of complex environments, such as Windows 95. Administrators can also use this component to establish a standard user interface that will aid in the migration from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. This can keep novice users out of trouble and speed access to computer resources for novice and experienced users alike.

With a built-in scanner, administrators can search multiple network servers for applications to include in desktop configurations. These scanned applications reside in a central database for easy access and review in assigning additional configurations.

Remote Control
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition includes remote control for real-time troubleshooting, diagnostics, and training. This enables administrators to provide end user support without leaving their desk. Data management is also made easier through file transfer, file/directory synchronization. The remote control component supports IPX, TCP/IP, NetBIOS, and Banyan network connections. Remote communications to workstations can be initiated from within the inventory screen to minimize connection time.

Virus Protection
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition provides NCSA certified client virus protection through automatic, continuous virus scanning and removal. The virus protection component provides virus protection of downloaded files from the Internet or other on-line services as well as disks and all system areas. The anti-virus component also provides automated distributions of updated virus definitions from the console to all networked PCs.The product also includes patent-pending technology for unknown virus detection to provide continuous protection against unknown viruses. Symantec’s AntiVirus Research Center also provides monthly on-line updates of the latest virus definition files. Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition can be used to automate updates of virus definitions to the desktops.

Customer Driven Solution
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition is based on four key design cornerstones that are regularly requested by customers: heterogenous support for multiple network and client operating systems, scalable architecture to support LANs or WANs, visual and functional integration between the product components, and support for open industry standards. The Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition is a perfect tool for Symantec’s Enterprise Alliance Program members to provide complete solutions including network hardware, software, services and support. This channel of qualified solution providers works closely with Symantec and with customers to deliver a range of implementation services including needs assessment, planning, training, integration, customization and post-sales support.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition is available now through resellers worldwide in a CD 10-node license pack with an estimated retail price of $635 U.S. Purchases over 10 nodes are available via any of Symantec’s distributors through the company’s Value or VIP programs.

Norton Administrator Suite - Essential Edition is compatible with the major network operating systems including Novell NetWare, Banyan VINES, Microsoft LAN Manager, Microsoft NT 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, Windows 95 or Windows NT, and minimum disk space of 40 MB.

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.

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