NetPro Announces DirectoryInsight(TM)

New Software Enables Users to Plan, Manage and Report on the Deployment,

Growth and On-Going Maintenance of Active Directory(R)



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from NetPro Computing, Inc.

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NetPro Computing, Inc.(R)
 today announced DirectoryInsight, the only solution designed exclusively to
 plan, manage and report on the deployment, growth, and on-going maintenance of
 Microsoft's (Nasdaq:   MSFT) Active Directory by delivering critical directory
 change information through a browser-based, graphical interface.
     DirectoryInsight automatically records Active Directory infrastructure and
 configuration changes, enterprise-wide through a simple and convenient,
 browser-based interface.  DirectoryInsight tracks how directory objects
 populate over time and logs configuration and infrastructure modifications.
 Further, DirectoryInsight eliminates the need to log changes manually by
 automating the time-consuming, yet critical change log and data collection
 process.  With the data that DirectoryInsight delivers, administrators can
 create both current and historical records of Active Directory changes,
 including modifications to such key infrastructure elements as structure,
 replication, security, and schema.  These reports streamline the manual
 migration process, providing valuable insight on Active Directory's
 infrastructure as it grows.  The reports also enable administrators to perform
 cause-and-effect analysis, conserving IT budget dollars and valuable man-hours
 by allowing proper planning of hardware purchases and design changes.
     "Windows 2000 with Active Directory presents a whole new set of
 challenges, and managing critical changes that take place in the directory
 from roll-out to full deployment is clearly one of the most daunting," said
 Travis Campbell, Senior Product Manager for DirectoryInsight.  "Active
 Directory security changes, for example, are among the most critical.
 DirectoryInsight enables administrators to troubleshoot security issues
 quickly.  By monitoring and reporting on key security elements such as group
 policy objects, trust relationships, and security group memberships,
 DirectoryInsight delivers the data administrators need to get to the bottom of
 problems fast.  NetPro is pleased to add to our Active Directory management
 product offerings with a tool that streamlines this and other important Active
 Directory change management processes."
     "Over the life of the directory, administrators will make site
 configuration changes, modify bridgehead servers, shift operations master
 roles, and alter schema.  It will happen because of tactical, day-to-day
 operational needs, as well as strategic business changes such as mergers,
 acquisitions and growth.  Without a plan for managing, storing and reporting
 on these changes over time, companies will spend a great deal of money and
 time on manual Active Directory change management," said Michael Hoch, Senior
 Analyst, Internet Infrastructure, at the IT analyst firm, The Aberdeen Group.
 "I am encouraged by NetPro's planned release of DirectoryInsight because it
 demonstrates the company's on-going commitment to its core competency --
 best-of-breed directory infrastructure management solutions -- and it also
 reflects NetPro's commitment to introducing software that customers need."
     NetPro conducted a web survey recently to validate the need for
 DirectoryInsight's Active Directory change management capabilities.  Of more
 than 400 IT professionals who completed the survey, 81% expressed concern
 about changes in Active Directory replication configuration, and nearly 77%
 said they were concerned about changes to the directory's schema.  Further,
 76% of the same respondents reported a concern about managing infrastructure
 configuration changes, including organizational units, sites, domain
 controllers, etc.
     Available in late May 2001, DirectoryInsight is the second solution
 developed by NetPro exclusively to manage Microsoft's Active Directory.
 NetPro's award-winning DirectoryAnalyzer, the premier Active Directory
 monitoring and troubleshooting solution, shipped in 1999 and now ensures the
 health and performance of some of the largest Active Directory implementations
 in the world.  Together, DirectoryInsight and DirectoryAnalyzer help IT
 departments manage Active Directory.  DirectoryInsight is available for $5 per
 user object.  NetPro is offering DirectoryInsight at a 40% discounted launch
 price of $3 for new and existing DirectoryAnalyzer customers through
 August 31, 2001.
 
     About NetPro
     NetPro is the leading provider of software for managing critical
 e-business and enterprise directories.  NetPro's award-winning software
 monitors, troubleshoots and optimizes the directory in real time, enabling
 organizations to reduce administrative costs, minimize network downtime and
 optimize resources.  NetPro's partners include Compaq Computer Corporation,
 Microsoft Corp. and Novell, Inc., and its customer list features such
 respected companies as Bank of America, DaimlerChrysler, Wells Fargo, and
 Cargill.  For more information about NetPro, please visit our Web site at
 www.netpro.com or call 480.941.3600.
 
     NetPro(R) and NetPro Computing(R) are registered trademarks of NetPro
 Computing, Inc.  Microsoft(R), Active Directory(R) and Windows 2000 are
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
 
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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NetPro Computing, Inc.(R)
 today announced DirectoryInsight, the only solution designed exclusively to
 plan, manage and report on the deployment, growth, and on-going maintenance of
 Microsoft's (Nasdaq:   MSFT) Active Directory by delivering critical directory
 change information through a browser-based, graphical interface.
     DirectoryInsight automatically records Active Directory infrastructure and
 configuration changes, enterprise-wide through a simple and convenient,
 browser-based interface.  DirectoryInsight tracks how directory objects
 populate over time and logs configuration and infrastructure modifications.
 Further, DirectoryInsight eliminates the need to log changes manually by
 automating the time-consuming, yet critical change log and data collection
 process.  With the data that DirectoryInsight delivers, administrators can
 create both current and historical records of Active Directory changes,
 including modifications to such key infrastructure elements as structure,
 replication, security, and schema.  These reports streamline the manual
 migration process, providing valuable insight on Active Directory's
 infrastructure as it grows.  The reports also enable administrators to perform
 cause-and-effect analysis, conserving IT budget dollars and valuable man-hours
 by allowing proper planning of hardware purchases and design changes.
     "Windows 2000 with Active Directory presents a whole new set of
 challenges, and managing critical changes that take place in the directory
 from roll-out to full deployment is clearly one of the most daunting," said
 Travis Campbell, Senior Product Manager for DirectoryInsight.  "Active
 Directory security changes, for example, are among the most critical.
 DirectoryInsight enables administrators to troubleshoot security issues
 quickly.  By monitoring and reporting on key security elements such as group
 policy objects, trust relationships, and security group memberships,
 DirectoryInsight delivers the data administrators need to get to the bottom of
 problems fast.  NetPro is pleased to add to our Active Directory management
 product offerings with a tool that streamlines this and other important Active
 Directory change management processes."
     "Over the life of the directory, administrators will make site
 configuration changes, modify bridgehead servers, shift operations master
 roles, and alter schema.  It will happen because of tactical, day-to-day
 operational needs, as well as strategic business changes such as mergers,
 acquisitions and growth.  Without a plan for managing, storing and reporting
 on these changes over time, companies will spend a great deal of money and
 time on manual Active Directory change management," said Michael Hoch, Senior
 Analyst, Internet Infrastructure, at the IT analyst firm, The Aberdeen Group.
 "I am encouraged by NetPro's planned release of DirectoryInsight because it
 demonstrates the company's on-going commitment to its core competency --
 best-of-breed directory infrastructure management solutions -- and it also
 reflects NetPro's commitment to introducing software that customers need."
     NetPro conducted a web survey recently to validate the need for
 DirectoryInsight's Active Directory change management capabilities.  Of more
 than 400 IT professionals who completed the survey, 81% expressed concern
 about changes in Active Directory replication configuration, and nearly 77%
 said they were concerned about changes to the directory's schema.  Further,
 76% of the same respondents reported a concern about managing infrastructure
 configuration changes, including organizational units, sites, domain
 controllers, etc.
     Available in late May 2001, DirectoryInsight is the second solution
 developed by NetPro exclusively to manage Microsoft's Active Directory.
 NetPro's award-winning DirectoryAnalyzer, the premier Active Directory
 monitoring and troubleshooting solution, shipped in 1999 and now ensures the
 health and performance of some of the largest Active Directory implementations
 in the world.  Together, DirectoryInsight and DirectoryAnalyzer help IT
 departments manage Active Directory.  DirectoryInsight is available for $5 per
 user object.  NetPro is offering DirectoryInsight at a 40% discounted launch
 price of $3 for new and existing DirectoryAnalyzer customers through
 August 31, 2001.
 
     About NetPro
     NetPro is the leading provider of software for managing critical
 e-business and enterprise directories.  NetPro's award-winning software
 monitors, troubleshoots and optimizes the directory in real time, enabling
 organizations to reduce administrative costs, minimize network downtime and
 optimize resources.  NetPro's partners include Compaq Computer Corporation,
 Microsoft Corp. and Novell, Inc., and its customer list features such
 respected companies as Bank of America, DaimlerChrysler, Wells Fargo, and
 Cargill.  For more information about NetPro, please visit our Web site at
 www.netpro.com or call 480.941.3600.
 
     NetPro(R) and NetPro Computing(R) are registered trademarks of NetPro
 Computing, Inc.  Microsoft(R), Active Directory(R) and Windows 2000 are
 trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
 
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