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ON Technology Announces Immediate Availability of ON Command CCM V5.4

Canon Switzerland Upgrades Its Enterprise Computing Infrastructure to Windows XP within Four Months Using Newest Version of ON Command CCM

Waltham, Mass. (February 25, 2003) - ON Technology (NASDAQ:ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, announced the immediate availability of ON Command CCM V5.4, which provides enhanced security features for administering geographically distributed IT environments. The Company also announced that Canon Switzerland, a subsidiary of Canon Inc, is the first to use the advanced features of ON Command CCM V5.4 to upgrade all of its desktop and laptop computers to Microsoft Windows® XP in 12 distributed locations across the country. Leveraging the new security features of ON Command CCM V5.4, Canon accomplished its Windows XP deployment in less than four months.

The company began beta testing ON Command CCM V5.4 in October 2002. Impressed with its new features and stability, Canon decided to use the pre-release version to roll-out Windows XP in its production environment, starting in November 2002, in order to be fully prepared for the parent company’s deployment of Microsoft Active Directory throughout its European offices in early 2003. ON Technology’s unique native installation technology was also a key factor in reliably deploying Windows XP, along with over 80 software applications, across six different hardware configurations within the Canon environment. Canon had used a prior version of ON Command CCM to migrate successfully from Windows NT with Office 97 to Windows 2000 with Office 2000, as well as to provide ongoing management for all of its software applications and security patches.

“Our beta test of ON Command CCM V5.4 ran so well, we decided to use it for day-to-day operations,” said Markus Muller-Fehrenbach, Manager of ITC IC Network Services. “Before ON Command CCM, it took nine hours to restore or rebuild a PC. Now, it’s a wonderful feeling for our IT administrators to be able to walk away after initiating the installation, letting CCM automate the entire process.”

“We are pleased that Canon moved forward with ON Command CCM V5.4 for its enterprise-wide roll-out of Windows XP,” said Robert Doretti, ON Technology President, Chairman and CEO. “Simply put, the fact that their deployment was completed within four months, and prior to its actual release date, is a further testament to the quality of our software engineers and our technology. Our commitment to building the best solutions with innovative technology continues to help our customers increase their productivity and save them time and money.”

About ON Command CCM V5.4
ON Command CCM V5.4, which is currently shipping, builds upon the open, standards-based and highly scalable architecture provided by ON Command CCM V5.0, which was first released in the fourth quarter of 2001. ON Command CCM V5.4 offers a number of enhancements over previous versions, including the ability to configure security access and permissions for multiple types of IT administrators, each with varying levels of control over specific users and groups. This makes it ideally suited for highly distributed organizations with varying levels of IT personnel, including first-level Help Desk staff with limited administrative rights, local administrators at remote sites, and “super-user” administrators at headquarters locations.

Additional features of Version 5.4 include the ability to easily perform complex SQL queries from the Command Center console (such as “Show me all managed clients with Windows XP and Office 2000 but not Internet Explorer 6”), as well as the ability to search the client database for specific text strings using wildcards (“Show me all managed clients that are named A*”). A new HTML Information Display also allows Help-style information about software packages and their configurable parameters to be displayed in the administrative console.

About ON Technology Corporation
ON Technology empowers IT organizations and service providers to manage the full lifecycle of their computing systems over large-scale corporate networks. Our solutions are used to rapidly and reliably deploy critical applications, operating systems, and content to desktops, mobile PCs, handhelds, servers, retail point-of-sale (POS) terminals and banking workstations. Our customers leverage our solutions to significantly reduce IT costs, improve availability and reliability of business-critical applications, and enhance both IT and end-user productivity. ON’s management solution has been chosen by more than 1,000 enterprises worldwide to manage in excess of 1.2 million networked computer systems. For more information visit ON Technology’s Web site at or call 800-767-6638.


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The statements in this press release that relate to ON Technology’s future plans, events and performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Some of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements are general economic conditions, including the current weakness in the global economy, demand for the Company’s products and services, performance of the Company’s direct and indirect distribution channels, competitive pressures, market acceptance of the Company’s new products and technologies, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in ON Technology’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2003 filed in November 2003. Actual results and performance may differ materially due to these and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. ON Technology undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that may reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

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