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Symantec announces first-class suite

Symantec announces an enterprise-class management suite today that lets corporate users manage multiple remote LAN segments from a single console.

Symantec announced an enterprise-class management suite today that lets corporate users manage multiple remote local area network (LAN) segments from a single console.

The Norton Administrator Suite-Premier Edition includes hardware and software inventory, software licensing, and metering and server management tools. The software can also drill down to users' desktops to track software usage as well as oversee configurations and virus protection of desktop software.

Information systems staff can also implement software upgrades from the management console and dial in remotely via the Internet Protocol (IP) of a company intranet to manage remote sites, instead of using wide area network (WAN) connections.

The Premier introduction follows the recent release of the Norton Administrator Suite-Essential Edition for workgroup LAN management. Traditional LAN-focused management tool vendors are increasingly adopting suite strategies as administrators search for simple ways to get a handle on complex networks.

The new suite can manage Microsoft Windows NT, Novell NetWare, Banyan Systems Vines, Microsoft LAN Manager, Digital Pathworks and IBM LAN Server environments.

DOS, Windows, Apple Macintosh, and IBM OS/2 clients can also be managed. The management console runs on a Windows workstation.

The Norton Administrator Suite-Premier Edition is available now in price structure dependent on nodes and software modules. The entire suite is priced at $59 per node for 1,000 nodes to $45 per node for 5,000 nodes.