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Symantec Announces Exposé 4.0

Real-time server management solution now provides Web browser interface and extends support for Web servers

CUPERTINO, Calif. --March 17, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced delivery of Exposé 4.0, an intelligent server management solution for network personal computers in local area networks, across wide area networks, company Intranets, and the Internet. The real-time server management solution now allows administrators to manage PC LAN-based servers through the Internet from a standard Web browser. Exposé 4.0 also provides performance management capability for Windows NT-based Web servers.

The Exposé WebView feature provides real-time server status from a standard Web browser and can be customized to include or exclude server parameters. Built-in reports for single- and cross-device reporting are available and viewable through a Web browser, or can be saved in HTML format for later viewing. Administrators can then prepare and print reports on server utilization, disk usage and network server inventory for all users. Also included are alarms and graphs to improve turnkey management for Microsoft Windows NT Web servers including, Microsoft Internet Information Server and Netscape Web servers.

Support for Web servers extends Exposé’s management capability to NT-based Web servers. A Web server appears as a distinct icon on the Exposé console. Exposé monitors all standard server parameters such as disk usage and availability as well as web specific parameters that allow a single view and management tool for maintaining a Web server. Web specific parameters include number of hits, bytes transferred and current connections.

"Network administrators are expected to continually increase their productivity and network availability. It is imperative to the operations and effectiveness of an organization for the administrator to be able to quickly solve routine and demanding problems," said Stephanie Feraday, general manager of Symantec’s Networking Business Unit. "Exposé 4.0 ensures a more effective response to critical trends and anomalies and provides a foundation for enhanced server performance and convenient, proactive server management."

Improved Usability
The multiprotocol management console provides a uniform view of multiple network operating system (NOS) management domains. Exposé graphically displays and charts the status of critical network servers and SNMP devices, and provides hundreds of metrics, allowing administrators to alarm-on and manage more types of potential problems. The program provides up-to-date NOS support for NetWare 3.x, 4.10 and 4.11; Windows NT 3.x and 4.0; and VINES 5.5x, 6.x, 7.x networks.

Additional Reporting Capabilities
An additional data-sorting ability in Exposé WebView provides new ways of organizing data for more timely identification of server problems and more effective resource planning. The built-in library of graphs has been increased for NT, NetWare and VINES servers for additional turnkey management of networked servers. Exposé graphs multiple servers simultaneously, providing ease-to-read visual displays of server and traffic status, problems and long-term trends. The program minimizes disk utilization by storing graph information in compressed format on the management service and allows the administrator to set limits on the amount of graph data stored. Exposé allows the same graph to be viewed from multiple management consoles with only one copy of the data being gathered. In addition, Exposé outputs the graphic data for use with external data analysis tools.

Server Monitoring and Management
Exposé 4.0 can be configured to perform maintenance and error handling automatically, for example, by adjusting server parameters when specified conditions are met, or by executing DOS or Windows programs to perform routine chores such as file cleanup. Administrators can manage or monitor from a remote location over a WAN, via a dial-in connection, or across the Internet. Exposé also controls the access of server management information by individual users through console security and IP addresses.

Graphical Console
Exposé can map a network, providing a clear, comprehensive view of the network’s topology allowing administrators to depict their network view exactly as their business is organized out, in a hierarchical manner, for quick and easy identification and resolution of network conditions and problems. Administrators can manage from any Windows 95 or Windows NT machine on the network eliminating the hardship of a dedicated workstation for management and multiple administrators can manage from multiple consoles simultaneously, anywhere on the network. Data and statistics collected from the managed servers are provided in an easy-to-read graphical format which is consistent regardless of the server’s network operating system. Key information is clearly displayed including stoplights, speedometers, graphs and traffic reports. The console integrates with the Norton Administrator Suite console and provides single-point control of all network and end-user resources.

Exposé proactively manages by immediately alerting IS or Help Desk personnel when a specific situation occurs on a server, such as Server Down or Disk Full. Exposé’s built-in libraries and editable alarms allow the administrator to create custom libraries using graphic scripts to construct work-flow designed responses to common server problems. Alarm indications are propagated throughout Exposé and administrators can select a number of notification options including, paging, E-mail, and 25th-line messages. Graphically scripted alarms can also set or change server parameters automatically.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements
Exposé is available now for an estimated retail price range of $695/per server with price breaks of 5, 10, 20, 40, 100 and 200 server volumes. Corporate site licenses also are available.

Exposé is compatible with the major network operating systems including Novell NetWare 3.12, 4.10 or 4.11; Banyan VINES 4.x, 5.x or 6.x, and Microsoft NT Server 3.51 or 4.0. The Management console runs on Windows management platform (Windows 95, Windows NT 3.51 or higher) which requires a 486 processor or higher, minimum of 6MB of disk space, minimum of 8MB of RAM for Windows 95, 16MB for Windows NT, color VGA controller, monitor and a mouse, an accelerated video card and high-resolution video card (800x600 or higher) are recommended, and network drivers for each NOS monitored (one of the following: TCP/IP interface; Microsoft Client for NetWare or Novell Client32; or Banyan Enterprise Client).

Supported web browser for use with Exposé WebView are Netscape navigator 2.02 or higher (3.01 recommended) and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or higher. The management server requires a 486 process or higher, minimum of 400 KB of disk space (not including space required for graph data), minimum of 1MB of RAM and one of the following NOS: Novell NetWare 3.12, 4.10 or 4.11; Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0; or Banyan VINES 5.5x, 6.x or 7.x.

The data agent requires a 486 processor or higher, minimum of 40KB of disk space for NetWare, 100 KB for Windows NT and one of the following: Novell NetWare 3.12, 4.10 or 4.11; Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0 with SNMP service and TCP/IP; and Banyan VINES 4.11, 5.5x, 6.x or 7.x.

Expose is developed by Symantec's Networking Business Unit. Symantec recently announced the signing of a nonbinding letter of intent for Hewlett-Packard Company to purchase the assets of Symantec's Networking Business Unit and incorporation it as part of HP's OpenView system- and network-management business.

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, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (541) 334-6054 or toll free (800) 441-7234.

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