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New DMTF Standard for Managing Pre-OS Environments; Expands Resources and Capabilities for Proactive Network Management.

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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2001

The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF) announced today the release of the Alert Specification Forum 1.0 (ASF) standard for public review.

This specification defines alerting and remote control interfaces that enable networked devices to be proactively managed when their operating system (OS) is absent. OS-absent is defined as a networked computer system in the states including no active OS, inoperable OS, or low power system sleep state. Today the DMTF is announcing its first industry specification for OS-absent management, which is being adopted by leading system and device manufacturers this year.

The ASF specification provides network administrators with a variety of different types of alerts to manage devices on the network. A network administrator can be alerted to failures of specific components within a networked device, increasing IT and end user productivity by reducing downtime associated with typical triage and diagnostics required to solve hardware and software failures.

The ASF specification also includes Remote Management Control Protocol (RMCP), which allows a network administrator to respond to an alert remotely in many different ways: powering on the system, powering off the system, or forcing a reboot (either to the default boot device or to an alternate boot device such as a Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) server). This functionality saves the network administrator valuable time by reducing visits to the desktop, giving them the ability to fix problems remotely from a management console.

"The ASF specification enables powerful software management tools with the ability to proactively manage OS-absent networked devices," said Mark Kuess, of 3Com Corporation and vice president of marketing for the DMTF. "I am excited that the DMTF has once again successfully delivered on a key industry need with a standards based solution to enable holistic management of networked devices."

The DMTF currently defines several management standards and initiatives today such as Web-based Enterprise Management (WBEM), Common Information Model (CIM), Directory Enabled Networks (DEN) and Desktop Management Interface (DMI). These all serve networked devices in an OS-present environment. The ASF specification defines an alerting and remote control standard that serves networked devices in OS-absent environments, and is complementary to other existing DMTF and industry standards.

"The ASF specification further enhances the value of enterprise management and complements DMTF management based initiatives such as DMI, DEN and WBEM," said Raymond Williams, of Tivoli Systems, Inc. and vice president of technology for the DMTF. "The DMTF has successfully brought together a diverse cross-section of industry leaders to create and implement the ASF specification for the greater well-being of the industry."

"The ASF specification signals the completion of two years of effort by industry leading hardware and software manufacturers," said Kevin Cline, of Intel Corporation and DMTF ASF working group chair. "We have reached this important step and successfully created a common set of interfaces for the management of OS-absent devices that enables industry wide compatibility."

The ASF specification is available for download from the DMTF Web site at DMTF member companies expect to deliver supported products by the end of this year.

The DMTF's 8th Annual Developers' Conference is being held in San Jose on June 11 - 13 which will offer opportunities to learn more about ASF and see live ASF demonstrations from participating vendors.

About the DMTF

The DMTF is the industry organization that is leading the development, adoption, and interoperability of management standards and initiatives for desktop, enterprise, and Internet environments. The DMTF is chartered to adopt, create, and maintain the specifications and technologies that provide management tools with the ability to discover, deploy, and control management data in a standard way. Working with key technology vendors and affiliated standards groups, the DMTF is enabling a more integrated, cost-effective, and less crisis-driven approach to management.

Companies interested in joining the DMTF or obtaining more information about the DMTF standards and activities of the DMTF Working Committees should call 503/225-0725 or visit the DMTF Web site at

The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c (6) corporation dedicated to developing, promoting, and facilitating collaborative industry technical standards and interoperability in desktop and enterprise management for hardware and software.
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