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By acquiring NetPro for $78.7 million, Quest aims to enlarge its offerings in products designed to integrate and manage Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server.
Novell's investment arm, the Internet Equity Fund, has made a $1 million investment in directory services management provider NetPro. A Novell partner since 1995, NetPro recently completed its second round of equity financing. Novell also has made investments in e-commerce company Evergreen Internet, multicast software company GlobalCast, and directory services company NetVision.
NetPro Computing will introduce a NetWare Loadable Module (NLM) management tool next month that offers administrators centralized control and automated distribution features. Config Central 1.0 eases configuration of servers and updates problem NLM's from a central console. The product supports NetWare 3.12, 4.1, and Green River environments and is currently available in beta form at the company's Web site. Config Central is licensed on a per server basis, with a 10-server pack priced at $499.