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PowerQuest Deploy Toolkit Accelerates and Customizes Windows Deployment

Advanced deployment tools, including one of the first 32-bit imaging solutions to support Microsoft's Pre-Installation Environment, facilitate faster Windows deployment

OREM, Utah (U.S.A.) - July 17, 2002 - PowerQuest® Corporation, a provider of storage lifecycle automation to businesses worldwide, today announces the PowerQuest Deploy ToolkitTM, a solution extension to PowerQuest DeployCenterTM, which supplies advanced, script-based tools to help IT professionals accelerate the deployment needs of enterprises. PowerQuest DeployCenter provides IT professionals with fast and efficient system deployment. The addition of PowerQuest Deploy Toolkit, which contains one of the first 32-bit imaging solutions available that supports Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Pre-Installation Environment (Windows PE), maximizes network efficiencies for faster Windows deployments.

"Microsoft customers deploying Windows XP can take advantage of the benefits provided by Windows PE to further automate their Windows deployment process," says Paul Spencer, Principal Consultant at Microsoft Corp. "PowerQuest PQIDeploy’s support for Windows PE empowers companies to quickly realize these benefits."

"PowerQuest PQIDeploy for Windows PE provided us an efficient way to roll out pre-configured operating systems and applications to all of our employees worldwide," says Len Couture, CIO of Enterasys Networks, a solution provider that used PQIDeploy to roll out Windows XP. "We drastically reduced our company-wide migration time and costs by automating our entire deployment using script-based tools in the Deploy Toolkit."

The Deploy Toolkit includes PQIDeploy for Windows PE technology, one of the first 32-bit imaging solutions that takes advantage of the speed of Windows PE, a 32-bit, multi-threaded environment that replaces DOS. Windows PE contains the minimum functionality needed to run Windows Setup, scripts or custom installation and imaging applications. Windows PE allows administrators to automate the pre-installation of Windows to workstations and servers, access file shares on the internal network and make up to four network connections.

Traditional imaging solutions in a network environment require the IT professional to locate DOS network interface card (NIC) drivers for deployment. This process is time consuming, and some newer NICs no longer support DOS, making it impossible to deploy a Windows-based operating system over a network. PQIDeploy for Windows PE eliminates DOS NIC driver limitations, maximizing network throughput for fast and efficient deployment for organizations of all sizes.

The PowerQuest Deploy Toolkit also contains utilities that aid in the creation, deployment and management of image files. These utilities allow enterprise customers to append image files, easily access hidden partitions, configure and execute a ‘virtual boot environment’ into DOS and automate deployment through the use of script-based and command-line tools.

For more information on the PowerQuest Deploy Toolkit, please visit the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/deploytoolkit/. For more information on Windows PE, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/sa/sam/winPe.asp.

PowerQuest DeployCenter, one component of the PowerQuest PowerDeploy Suite, provides an effective method for creating and deploying custom images to client systems. PowerQuest PowerDeploy Suite provides a complete lifecycle management solution for computer systems, including imaging and deployment, system migration, on-going management and system retirement.

Availability
The PowerQuest Deploy Toolkit is now available in English with volume licensing discounts to all DeployCenter and PowerDeploy Suite customers as an add-on solution. For more information on the PowerQuest Licensing Program, please visit the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/licensing/. The PowerQuest Deploy Toolkit is available through PowerQuest partners or directly from PowerQuest by visiting the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/deploytoolkit/. For a list of PowerQuest partners worldwide, please visit the PowerQuest Web site at www.powerquest.com/partners.

About PowerQuest
PowerQuest Corporation is a global provider of automated deployment and recovery solutions for corporations and individual users. Based on the company's Virtual Volume Imaging (V2i) technology and Active State Management (ASM) architecture, PowerQuest products and services simplify the management of storage throughout the technology lifecycle. PowerQuest products are available directly from the company and throughout a network of partners in more than 34 countries. www.powerquest.com


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