PinPoint has introduced an add-on module for its ClickNet LAN management package, aimed at helping PC communities tackle Year 2000 problems.
ClickNet Y2K takes advantage of ClickNet Professional's desktop inventory facility but digs deeper to check the hardware and software applications for Year 2000 compatibility. It does this by checking with an on-line database to see if upgrades or patches are available, or when they will become available.
In some cases, quick fixes and work arounds are detailed for some common problems.
Mark Preston, sales manager with reseller Trent Datacomms, claims that the product is attracting a lot of interest from his customers.
"Even if there are 2,500 users, the systems manager can sit at his desk and audit every PC," he said. "The alternative is to visit each machine, and this could take an hour per PC - apart from the time it would take, the cost of checking, locating upgrades and fixes, and installing them soon mounts up. One customer spent four months testing for Year 2000 compliance - ClickNet could have done the job in a day."
Although PinPoint sells the Y2K option for around z9.50 per node, it will only run under ClickNet 3.1. "That brings the total cost up to around z18 a node," said Preston. However, Preston claims, to perform these functions manually would cost z100 per PC.
The system will check for PC BIOS compliance and will also test network components.
In cases where a unit is not upgradable, the reports generated allow the manager to draw up a plan to allow costs to be spread over the period leading up to the year 2000.
PinPoint: 0118 981 4230.
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