Vector Networks has added support for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to version 2.0 of its PC Duo Enterprise desktop management suite.
PC Duo includes a range of modules such as inventory management, software metering, software distribution, diagnostics, remote control and web-based help desk issue tracking, all of which are available in different combinations.
The software now snaps directly into the MMC framework and appears as a node in the MMC tree, Vector Networks explained.
MMC is a tree-based container for collecting and managing a range of system management tools. The main benefit of MMC-compliancy is that it reduces training costs by allowing PC Duo users to work within a standard interface with which they are familiar..
Fred Broussard, senior research analyst for client management software at IDC, stressed the importance of desktop management tools being able to work together effectively and efficiently.
"Anything that a vendor can do to work with existing consoles is helpful to its customers," he said.
Apart from Microsoft, with its Systems Management Server, none of Vector's competitors in this space can snap into MMC, noted Colin Bartram, product marketing director for PC Duo.
This is the first major standard the company has supported. Bartram explained that he believes it will enable PC Duo to attract larger customers looking for standards.
The product's scalability has also been improved, another move targeted directly at bigger installations, previously the domain of bigger systems management vendors such as Computer Associates and Tivoli.
As well as support for MMC, Vector has revamped the user interface to give it a Microsoft Windows XP look and feel and to make it more user friendly. "If you sat down in front of it you'd think you were running an XP product," said Bartram.
The product also includes a new automatic self-healing capability in the diagnostics module. Although problems on the desktop were detected automatically before, IT support would have to manually press a button to fix them. PC Duo can now fix such problems automatically.
PC Duo Enterprise v2.0 is available for download immediately.
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