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ENlighten Software Solutions Extends UNIX Systems Management Solution to Support Windows NT.

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 1996--ENlighten Software Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq:SFTW) today announced ENlighten for NT/Distributed Systems Manager (DSM) as a new option to its open systems management software product family, ENlighten/DSM.

This new option, slated for release in Q496, expands the powerful systems management functions of ENlighten/DSM to Windows NT servers and desktops.

"The ability to monitor and manage systems running on the NT platform is an important step in the evolution of ENlighten/DSM," said Byron Jacobs, vice president of sales, marketing and services.

"As the presence of Windows NT continues to emerge as a growing standard in networks which include UNIX systems, system administrators will need to integrate the management of these new systems seamlessly. This enhanced capability will enable our customers to more effectively monitor and manage their increasingly heterogeneous environments -- all from a single console."

In its current version, ENlighten/DSM offers customers a broad range of powerful systems management functionality. Among the product's three key value propositions is the delivery of maximum return on investment for customers through its speed of implementation, flexibility of configuration and low cost of acquisition.

A second unique product feature allows the systems administration team to delegate mundane and time consuming tasks to less technical users throughout an organization without relinquishing centralized control and privileged user authority. And third, ENlighten/DSM significantly reduces the time and effort necessary to implement Intranet technology with its unique naming-services management capabilities.

Dr. Paul Mason, program director of International Data Corporation's Enterprise Systems Management group, characterizes ENlighten's Windows NT capability as key to remaining competitive in the systems management market. "Currently, approximately 14 percent of all UNIX environments include Windows NT systems."

He added, "In 1995, nearly 40 percent of CIOs surveyed wanted a single-vendor suite solution for the management of heterogeneous systems."

The majority of features present in the UNIX version of ENlighten/DSM translate well into the NT environment. However, considerable modifications are necessary to translate its logical, object-oriented activities to NT commands and processes.

While most systems management solutions available today tend to devolve to a 'lowest common denominator' approach when addressing a mixture of platforms, ENlighten/DSM embraces new NT functionality without sacrificing capabilities present in its current UNIX offering.

Specifically, ENlighten for NT/DSM offers a number of new features such as NT Registry inspection for the discovery and tracking of hardware and software inventory.

The product also includes Device Manager alterations to support local printer additions, removals and configuration; Microsoft Exchange Server modifications to provide changes in user information such as add/remove user, mail alias management, etc.; an NT-oriented SNMP MIB to support the new event types; NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS) compatibility for the maintenance of domain name services; conformance to Microsoft's Remote Procedure Call (RPC) mechanism to support remote systems management across TCP/IP networks; and Network Information Directory Services management for the addition/removal of users.

These additional features, along with ENlighten's existing UNIX capabilities, provide customers with the maximum return on investment of any information systems product available today.

Due to the growing proliferation of NT servers and desktops in heterogeneous UNIX environments, the demand for a single management solution is greater than ever before. This fact is underscored by the rising backlog of system administration demands created by the recent release of Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0.

Because Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS) and other NT-centric solutions only address homogeneous NT environments, ENlighten Software Solutions is well-positioned to provide the bridge to support these mixed UNIX and NT environments.

Founded in 1986, ENlighten Software Solutions Inc. provides distributed systems management software solutions for the UNIX, NT and Tandem marketplaces. The Company's ENlighten/DSM product suite already provides system management solutions for heterogeneous UNIX systems including Sun Microsystems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, SGI and SCO.

The company maintains a leadership position in the Tandem market, providing a range of automated systems management products to a client base of over 450 companies in more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit the company's World Wide Web site located at www.enlighten.sftw.com.

CONTACT: ENlighten Software Solutions, Inc.

Byron Jacobs, 415/578-0700

byron_jacobs@sftw.com

or

Pacifico, Inc.

Matthew Bell, 408/293-8600

mbell@pacifico.com
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