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Avatier spiffs up TEM and Password Station.NET

Matthew A. DeBellis

Avatier released two updated products last week that aim to ease the work of systems administrators who manage Windows environments.

Trusted Enterprise Manager (TEM) 5.0 and Password Station.NET 3.0 were announced at Microsoft Exchange conference, held in Anaheim, Calif.

Avatier, of San Ramon, Calif., views the IT pro community as ripe for TEM. The company cites an IDC study that reports only 9% of organizations that have decided to migrate to Active Directory have completed the migration.

Software complexities and lack of time make a clean and complete migration difficult for many administrators. As a result, IT staffs manage enterprise environments with different versions of Windows and other operating systems, such as Novel, Unix and Linux.

Avatier developed new features for TEM 5.0 that allow administrators to quicken migration from Windows NT Server 4.0 to Active Directory.

TEM 5.0's new features: Active Directory mimicking allows administrators to work with Windows 2000 Server features on NT 4.0 servers and Exchange Server 5.5. Drag-and drop migration uses one set of templates to let administrators transfer thousands of users from NT Server 4.0 to Windows 2000 Server. Real-time auditing monitors changes to user accounts and can flag potential security risks.

"TEM now provides IT administrators with significantly more flexibility in managing users across multiple Windows environments," CEO Nelson Cicchitto said. "IT increases productivity and decreases

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potential security risks due to human error."

Another area administrators can always use help is password security management. Walking users through password difficulties is a time sink. Avatier spiffed up Password Station.NET, software that uses the Microsoft .NET framework to help administrators more effectively manage password systems. Version 3.0 enforces a common password policy across multiple platforms and applications.

In addition to NT 4.0 Server and Active Directory, Password Station.NET 3.0 now supports Novell eDirectory, Lotus Notes and Domino, lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP), and Red Hat Linux and Unix operating systems by Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

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