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 CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today offered MIS management The Norton Administrator for Networks 1.0 -- a single solution to substantially reduce network management costs through the automation of key LAN administration tasks.
 -- Automates costly LAN administration tasks
 -- Full integration of hardware and software inventory,
 software distribution, license monitoring and metering
 -- All major operating system support: NetWare, Vines, LAN Manager,
 LAN Server
 -- Supports DOS and Windows workstations
 -- Ability to plug in Norton AntiVirus and pcAnywhere remote
 control technology
 Targeting corporate America's need to both maximize its LAN investment while controlling the exploding costs for administration and support, Norton Administrator for Networks delivers immediate return on investment with a tight integration of three key features: automatic hardware and software inventory, software distribution and license monitoring and metering. The product meets corporate wide requirements today by providing support for all the major network operating systems: Novell NetWare, Banyan Vines, Microsoft LAN Manager and IBM LAN Server.
 "Following a series of Fortune 1000 focus groups on network administration and management functions, it became clear that LAN administrators are faced with expanding networks, the need for improved performance and increased administrative requirements," said Ellen Taylor, vice president and general manager for the Symantec Peter Norton
Group. "In addition, management is constantly challenged to find ways to increase productivity and reduce overall network management costs. Norton Administrator for Networks provides an immediate payback with an integrated tool that substantially reduces the time and resources required for typical LAN administration tasks."
 Hardware & Software Inventory
 The Norton Administrator for Networks 1.0 offers LAN administrators the most in-depth, automatic software and hardware inventory capabilities available. Recent research determined average manual inventory costs are $40.00 per PC for a LAN of 500 nodes. "In a large organization, this is clearly the kind of repetitive manual function and cost that most would prefer to eliminate or reduce," said Stephanie Feraday, director of product management for the Symantec Peter Norton Group.
 Inventory information is automatically gathered via an executable in the user's login script and stored in a central database located on the server. Norton Administrator offers features which provide full control over the inventory process and includes the ability to inventory standalone workstations. Hardware inventory is gathered in 22 major categories including typical machine information as CPU Type and Speed, BIOS Information, BUS Type, Ports, Network Card, Disk Cache and CD-ROM.
 Software inventory includes detail such as system files, and automatically recognizes over 1500 applications as well as full support for identifying
custom or in-house applications. For those applications that contain similar executable file names, the LAN Administrator can establish file associations within the application database to further assist the identification process.
 An additional category of customizable fields is available to store information such as asset tags, user's telephone numbers, departmental codes or building location. Norton Administrator for Networks also tracks changes made to the workstation since the previous log-in, a key feature in troubleshooting and support.
 Software Distribution & Workstation Management
 Software distribution provides the ability to automate installation of software to the workstation. Recent research has identified the increased use of graphical applications, a corresponding increase in the man hours required to install and maintain applications, and subsequent upgrades on the workstation. Typical Windows software installation expenditures for a corporation per year average approximately $500 per workstation for a LAN of 2000 nodes, according to a recent study by Gartner Group.
 "Using Norton Administrator for Networks to distribute software automates the process, eliminates end-user downtime and administrator man-hours, and in many instances will immediately cost justify the purchase of the product," Feraday added.
 By filtering the inventory database, target workstations can quickly be identified and set as the distribution list. Options for software distribution include scheduling, end-user messages and re-boot of the workstation at the end of a distribution job. A script language is also included to fully automate software installations.
 Minimum disk space checking, end-user refusal, creation of backup files and a roll-back feature for distribution jobs that don't complete successfully are options for the Administrator. Distribution jobs are executed by DOS or Windows agents which reside on the workstations and then poll the distribution queue to check for distribution jobs.
 Software Application Metering
 Norton Administrator for Networks features software license metering which provides the LAN Administrator various ways to control license usage as well as track use of applications on the LAN. "This is perfect for optimizing investment and critical in eliminating the risk to the corporation from unknown copyright infringement in an era of increasing enforcement and large penalties," said Feraday.
 "Norton Administrator for Networks provides an extremely effective tool to ensure an organization's compliance with applicable software licenses," said Ken Wasch, executive director of the Software Publishers Association (SPA). "In fact, the SPA will accept reports generated by Norton Administrator to determine applicable software compliance."
 Norton Administrator for Networks provides both permissive and restrictive methods of metering, allowing the administrator to either monitor application usage or enforce an application license by setting limits on the number of users. Options include the ability to meter by user or group, a reservations queue capability and customizable messages. Reports from the metering database can assist the administrator to plan future purchases based on actual application usage.
 Windows Console & Reporting
 Norton Administrator for Networks operates from a Windows-based console enhancing the ease-of-use for the administrator. The console supports plug-and-play of other Symantec Peter Norton Products including Norton AntiVirus technology and pcAnywhere remote control software. Norton AntiVirus eliminates the risk of costly data loss due to destructive virus activity, while pcAnywhere adds the capability for improved support and troubleshooting. Norton Administrator for Networks includes filtering, and a complete selection of customizable reports, charts and graphs. Reports are also user-definable and all information is exportable to .DBF, .WKS and ASCII file formats for further data manipulation.
 Pricing and Availability
 Norton Administrator for Networks is available through resellers worldwide in License Packs of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000. Using industry standard configuration and pricing each license pack provides a license for the number of PCs that will be supported by the Norton Administrator for Networks. Suggested retail price ranges from $65 per node for 5 licenses to $44 per node for 1,000 licenses.
 System Requirement
 Norton Administrator for Networks is compatible with the major network operating systems including Novell NetWare, Banyan Vines, Microsoft LAN Manager and IBM LAN Server and supports both DOS and Windows client operating systems. The Administrator's console runs on a Windows management platform which requires an IBM 80386 PC or 100 percent compatible, DOS 3.31 or higher, Windows 3.1, and minimum disk space of 5 MB.
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM personal computers and compatibles, and Apple Macintosh computers. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 800-441-7234 toll free, or 408-252-3570.
 NOTE: Brand and product references herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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