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ON Technology Announces XP Migration Suite

Automated Solution Substantially Lowers Cost of Enterprise-Wide Migrations to Windows XP & Office XP

Waltham, MA, October 10, 2001 - ON Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:ONTC), a leading provider of remote software and content management solutions, announced today its XP Migration Suite, an automated solution for substantially lowering the cost of enterprise-wide migrations to Microsoft Windows XP and Office XP. ON's new XP solution is being demonstrated this week (October 9-11) at Gartner Symposium ITxpo, in Orlando, FL, at Booth #122.

ON's new XP Migration Suite offers a series of automated software routines for remotely installing Windows XP and Office XP on multiple PCs simultaneously from centralized ON Command CCM™ servers. Automated routines are also provided for migrating user files (such as "My Documents") and personalized settings (such as Internet Explorer bookmarks). This centralized, automated approach saves substantial time and money by eliminating the need for IT technicians to visit every end-user desktop to install the software manually, a process which could easily take several hours per machine.

According to industry analysts, the direct labor cost of manually migrating PCs to a new operating system is in excess of $200 per desktop, which means that a typical 5,000-user organization can immediately save at least $1 million using the XP Migration Suite. This instant return-on-investment is further enhanced by the ongoing benefits provided by ON Command CCM after XP migrations, including one-click disaster recovery and a powerful infrastructure for instantaneously distributing all critical software updates on an ongoing basis -- such as security patches, anti-virus updates, and new or updated applications.

"Companies are now focusing on critical IT initiatives that give them the quickest bang for the buck, such as automating XP migrations rather than outsourcing them to costly consultants or using scarce internal IT resources," said Phil Neray, vice-president of marketing, ON Technology. "Unlike conventional enterprise frameworks like Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) and Novadigm Radia, ON Command CCM offers the unique capability to remotely install both operating systems and applications, thus providing the only complete XP migration solution for enterprise organizations."

Corporations and PC manufacturers are migrating rapidly to Windows XP due to its increased security and stability. In fact, according to market research firm IDC, by the end of 2002, 63 percent of all new Windows licenses sold will be XP-based, with an expected 73 million users. In recent published reports, Gartner Inc. has reminded its clients that Windows 98 and Windows NT 4 will cease direct distribution to original equipment manufacturers on June 30, 2002, further hastening migrations to XP. Gartner also recommends that enterprises migrate directly to XP, skipping Windows 2000 if they have not yet begun testing and planning for it.

Complete Solution Delivers Total Unattended Control Over XP Migration
ON's new XP Migration Suite provides unattended control over installation of the Windows XP operating system and the full suite of Office XP applications on remote desktops, as well as migration of user files and application settings:

  • Windows XP: ON's solution allows administrators to fully personalize each XP installation on a per-PC or group-wide basis, with customized parameters such as System ID (SID) and NT Domain settings; it also supports varying hardware configurations (e.g., different video cards or hard drive configurations). Personalization is accomplished via intuitive point-and-click menus from a familiar Microsoft Management Console (MMC) compatible interface. The interface also allows administrators to leverage group information from Active Directory or NT Domains.
    • Unlike Microsoft SMS, ON's XP Migration Suite implements Microsoft's recommended "clean install" approach for installing XP, in which hard drives are reformatted before installation of the new operating system.
    • Unlike Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS), ON Command CCM does not require implementation of an entirely new network infrastructure based on Active Directory and Windows 2000 Servers. Also with RIS, personalization is accomplished by manual and error-prone editing of complex answer file scripts rather than from point-and-click menus as with the ON solution.
  • Office XP: Enterprises are rapidly migrating to Office XP due to its new productivity and collaboration features as well as its enhanced reliability, data recovery, and security. ON's new XP Migration Suite provides automated routines for installing Office XP applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, as well as easily personalizing configuration values such as security settings and Outlook profiles from point-and-click menus in the MMC console.
  • User Files & Settings: ON's XP Migration Suite automates the remote execution of Microsoft's Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in order to migrate files and settings from older environments to the newer XP environment without requiring any end-user interaction. For example, migrated application settings include desktop appearance (wallpaper, colors, sounds, etc.), Internet settings (home page URL, favorites/bookmarks, security settings, etc.), mail settings (name of mail server, signature files, contact information, etc.), and Office settings (default fonts, locations for saving files, etc.). Support is also provided for migrating user data files by file type (e.g., .DOC) or folder name (e.g., My Documents).

ON's XP Migration Suite is currently available in pre-release form; XP implementation and customization services are also available from ON's Professional Services Organization. ON is a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider. Please contact ON Technology for pricing information.

Click here to view the XP Migration Suite data sheet

Click here to view screen shots for the XP Migration Suite

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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