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ON Technology Ships Breakthrough Wizard for Deploying Next-Generation Windows 2000/XP Applications

ON Command® MSI Package Wizard TM V2.0 Uses Point-and-Click Interface
to Dramatically Reduce Time Required to Configure Windows Installer-Compatible Applications for Unattended Enterprise-Wide Deployment

Waltham, MA (May 14, 2002)- ON Technology (Nasdaq:ONTC), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure management solutions, today announced the release of ON Command® MSI Package Wizard™ V2.0, a breakthrough solution that allows IT administrators to rapidly and easily configure next-generation Windows® 2000/XP applications for unattended deployment from centralized ON Command CCM servers.

The ON Command MSI Package Wizard is a breakthrough solution that allows IT administrators to create unattended deployment packages in minutes using point-and-click menus, rather than days or weeks as with traditional approaches. These approaches are typically more complex and time-consuming because they require users to de-compose applications into hundreds or thousands of individual components such as files and registry settings. The new approach provided by ON is expected to result in dramatic time and cost savings for enterprise-wide implementations of Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Currently shipping, ON's MSI Package Wizard is targeted at applications that are compatible with Microsoft's latest installation technology, Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI). Windows Installer is an important new Microsoft standard for Windows 2000/XP applications that significantly improves PC reliability by providing a consistent Windows-resident service for installing applications, managing DLL conflicts, and performing automated self-healing. Windows Installer is used for both in-house corporate applications as well as hundreds of off-the-shelf applications such as Microsoft Office XP and Internet Explorer.

"We were impressed by the power, flexibility and ease-of-use provided by ON's MSI Package Wizard," said Michael Kronk, Integration Consultant, MS Integration (www.ms-integration.com). MS Integration is a leading IT solutions provider which is currently using ON Command CCM to remotely manage mission-critical PCs and servers for clients in multiple locations worldwide. "We've used many packaging and distribution tools over the years, but ON's MSI Package Wizard is unlike anything we've ever seen. We expect it to play a significant role in simplifying our client's enterprise-wide migration to Windows 2000, Windows XP and Office XP."

Phil Neray, Vice-President of Marketing for ON Technology, added: "Unlike conventional software distribution tools which rely on closed, complex, and proprietary re-packaging technologies, ON's solution leverages industry-standard Windows Installer functionality to deliver fast implementation times as well as higher reliability. As a result, ON Command CCM and the MSI Package Wizard provide a much simpler and more robust management solution for next-generation Windows 2000 and XP environments."

Features & Benefits
ON Command MSI Package Wizard V2.0 delivers a range of industry-leading features that make it significantly easier for IT administrators to roll-out Windows 2000 and XP applications, including:

  • Wizard-Driven Interface: A series of point-and-click wizards guide administrators through each step, for maximum speed and ease-of-use in creating Windows 2000 and XP deployment packages.
  • Embraces and Extends Microsoft Technology: ON's solution deploys standard Windows Installer files which are then installed by the standard Microsoft Windows Installer service - thus providing all of the built-in benefits of Windows Installer within a centrally-managed ON Command CCM environment. Moreover, ON extends Windows Installer technology by providing a single, centralized ODBC/JDBC-compliant database for all Windows Installer error messages and deployment status information, as well as a Microsoft Management Console-compatible (MMC) graphical user interface for administering the system.
  • Easy and Dynamic Customization: ON's MSI Package Wizard allows administrators to easily customize applications from simple drop-down menus in the ON administrative console. For example, administrators can easily deploy full installations of Office XP to groups of power users as well as streamline installations for ordinary users - without any understanding whatsoever of Windows Installer technology. (The ON solution is unique because it dynamically creates a special kind of Windows Installer package at runtime, called a "transform file", which modifies the way in which installations occur based on menu selections made by the administrator.)

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 www.on.com 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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