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Configuresoft Previews ECM for Microsoft(R) Active Directory(R) at Tech-Ed 2006; Enterprise-wide Visibility to Manage Changes and Safeguard Critical Corporate Data.

BOSTON -- Configuresoft, an innovator in systems management technology and the creator of the enterprise continuous compliance management market, today announced the preview of ECM (Enterprise Configuration Manager) for Microsoft(R) Active Directory(R), an extension of ECM designed to provide broad and deep visibility into an Active Directory configuration and objects. With the power of ECM extended to Active Directory, administrators can quickly and easily secure medium to large Directory environments and manage critical changes driven through the environment towards the overall goal of continuous compliance.

Data within Active Directory can come from diverse sources and includes many different objects; ECM for Active Directory detects and tracks critical changes in the Directory, storing them in its Configuration Management Database (CMDB) and providing administrators with the visibility required to determine who changed what and when. ECM for Active Directory ensures that administrators stay apprised of activity, and are alerted to changes in the environment's compliance status.

ECM for Active Directory is the newest addition to a family of modules that already includes ECM for Microsoft Exchange, offering capabilities vital to the centralized visibility of compliance across Microsoft Exchange servers; and ECM Management Extensions for Microsoft's Desired Configuration Monitoring, which integrates regulatory and security compliance validation for heterogeneous enterprises into a consolidated Microsoft Systems Center management framework.

"With its powerful CMDB and custom reporting, ECM for Active Directory allows users to monitor change over time on the Active Directory like no other product," said Andrew Bird, vice president, Configuresoft. "Real time notification of problems and inconsistencies is not enough. It is more important to be able to assess and trend problems over a period of time, resolve the root cause, automate the remediation process and move to a more automated, well managed and secure AD environment. Once you have visibility and understanding into what's changing, ECM will do the work to help you achieve continuous compliance."

ECM for Active Directory features include:

Change Detection - Detects critical changes made to the directory, and records the detail to ensure accountability and meet audit requirements.

Enterprise Visibility - Offers visibility into the immense volume of system data across multiple domains, forests and containers. This gives administrators the ability to examine and compare another company's Active Directory to determine how much effort will be required to migrate it.

Compliance - Enforces compliance to corporate policies and standards, essentially creating group policy for Active Directory. Configuresoft will be shipping Microsoft Best Practice toolkits, including rules from the Best Practice Guide for Securing Active Directory Installations and Day-to-Day Operations & the Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Guide, to ensure enforcement.

Active Directory Permissions -Enables administrators to view permissions across objects and the changes to those permissions.

Configuresoft is showcasing ECM at Booth #117 at the Tech-Ed Show from June 11 - 16;

ECM for Active Directory will be available in July 2006.

About Enterprise Configuration Manager

By standardizing and monitoring server and client configurations by role, ECM ensures continuous operational compliance with regulatory, industry and corporate standards throughout a computing infrastructure. Sustained by a proven and scalable architecture, ECM collects tens of thousands of detailed asset, security and configuration settings from each Windows, UNIX and Linux server and workstation--storing that information in a centralized configuration management database (CMDB) for immediate access, analysis and reporting. ECM can enforce security policies by automatically resetting configurations to their desired state when an unauthorized change (or deviation) occurs. These capabilities help IT organizations keep their mission critical systems properly configured, while ensuring security compliance with regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, GLBA, PCI DSS and FISMA.

About Configuresoft

Configuresoft is an innovator in systems management technology, ensuring continuous compliance with internal policies and external regulations across today's heterogeneous computing infrastructures. Spanning both security and operations, the Company's configuration management, compliance and remediation products are used by 11 of the world's 25 largest companies to keep their critical systems properly configured, while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley, FISMA, GLBA, Basel II, HIPAA and DISA, and industry standards such as ISO 17799, PCI DSS and Microsoft Security Hardening Guides. To contact Configuresoft, please call (888) U-CONFIG or visit www.configuresoft.com.
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