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Easier system administration with Desktop Authority

ScriptLogic : 24 September, 2009  (New Product)
Desktop Authority from ScriptLogic has reached Version 8.0 with flexible management capability of Windows desktops including security tools and anti-virus software
ScriptLogic, a of systems lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft Windows-based networks, has announced the availability of Desktop Authority 8.0. With new desktop management capabilities including scheduling and Wake-On-LAN, ScriptLogic's comprehensive desktop lifecycle management solution delivers unprecedented flexibility in managing Windows desktops, and now servers, across networks of any size.

Desktop Authority 8.0 reduces the cost of managing Windows computers and eases the IT administrator's support burden throughout the desktop lifecycle by providing the granular control organizations need over desktops, servers and applications to increase efficiency. For example, Desktop Authority V8 provides the ability to manage desktops regardless if a user is logged on to that desktop or not, allowing patching, software distribution and other changes to take place overnight, or at any time on the IT administrator's schedule.

In other news related to Desktop Authority, ScriptLogic has also introduced Desktop Authority System Center Edition for users of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or Systems Management Server (SMS). This edition of Desktop Authority offers a highly cost-effective complementary solution for users of SMS or SCCM and contains a feature set which includes desktop configuration and logon script replacement, remote support, power management, and optional USB and port security, anti-spyware and password self-service offerings.

"ScriptLogic has been catering to the needs of the IT administrator for years, adding new features and functionality to make their lives easier," said Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Windows management, ScriptLogic. "Desktop Authority V8 directly addresses customer challenges with management features that accommodate the evolving enterprise. As companies grow and become more complex, IT admins want flexibility, the ability to perform tasks at any time during the day or night and to apply configuration policies and patch management on Windows servers."

Enhancements for Comprehensive Systems Management Across the Enterprise

* New Agent for Computer-Based Management: Desktop Authority 8.0 now operates at both the computer and user level, allowing IT administrators to install software and service packs, patch computers, collect inventory or run executables independent of user logon. Desktop Authority 8.0 also adds new timing events for management actions including computer startup and shutdown events. Used in conjunction with ScriptLogic's patented Validation Logic, IT administrators now have unprecedented control over every Windows computer.

* Support for Managing Windows Servers: The addition of computer-level management means Desktop Authority 8.0 can now be used beyond the desktop on Windows servers. IT administrators can use a single solution, Desktop Authority, to inventory hardware and software, patch servers, run applications and install new software automatically across all Windows computers, all with the granular level of control they've come to expect from ScriptLogic solutions.

* Wake-On-LAN: The new Wake-On-LAN feature lets IT administrators configure computers to "wake" at a scheduled time based on subnet, IP address or computer name. Wake-On-LAN allows administrators to wake computers automatically, patch them and perform other operations, and then shut them down for energy-efficient management of computers outside of regular business hours.

* New Anti-Spyware Engine: To enhance its security functionality, which includes tools for patch distribution and USB and port security, Desktop Authority's Spyware Detection and Removal option now features a new anti-spyware engine that can detect more threats using much smaller signature files. For IT admins, the new anti-spyware engine means less bandwidth and time used updating malware signatures.

* Enhanced Remote Support Features: Version 8 features a new web-based remote support console that extends Desktop Authority's industry-leading remote support offerings to the help desk. The new, optional Internet Gateway also allows administrators to support users when they are off the network and connected to the Internet.

"We've been using ScriptLogic's Desktop Authority for years to manage desktops in more than 160 locations across the country, and we've seen the benefits in terms of increased productivity--freeing up our IT team to work on other issues," said Michael Van Lare, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. "The new version enhances those benefits as we can now extend Desktop Authority's functionality to servers and to desktop machines that are not staffed by our workers. It is great that ScriptLogic has evolved this solution in a way that better meets our needs."
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