Microsoft snaps up desktop management firm

Buys DesktopStandard, whose group management tools plug into the access and identity management features in Windows Server.

Karen Said Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Karen Said is an assistant department editor for enterprise coverage.
Karen Said

Microsoft has bought DesktopStandard, a developer of management tools for the software giant's Group Policy technology. Group Policy, found in in Active Directory in Windows Server, allows companies to handle access and identity management for a set of people from a central point.

The deal, announced by DesktopStandard on Monday, Microsoft to integrate several of the Portsmouth, N.H.-based company's extensions into its Group Policy tools. The extensions are: GPOVault, ProfileMaker, Dragnet, PolicyMaker Standard Edition, Registry Extension, Share Manager and Software Update. The agreement does not cover PolicyMaker Application Security, which will continue to be distributed by BeyondTrust, a former subsidiary of DesktopStandard. Financial terms of the dealwere not disclosed.