Boca Raton, FL – November 5, 2007 – ScriptLogic® Corporation (www.scriptlogic.com), a leading provider of systems lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft® Windows®-based networks, today announced the release of Desktop Authority® 7.7 to bring IT administrators updated platform support and innovative security tools. The latest version of Desktop Authority offers enhanced security controls on USB drives and other removable storage devices, 64-bit platform support, and significant enhancements to patch management and reporting features to further establish the product as a comprehensive desktop management tool for use across the enterprise.
“IT professionals increasingly demand centralized tools that simultaneously tighten security and boost overall productivity,” said Jon Rolls, senior director of product management at ScriptLogic. “In addition to extending Desktop Authority’s reach to 64-bit environments, version 7.7 offers a well-balanced enterprise-level platform with strong USB security enhancements, helping IT administrators tackle a wide range of challenges from Windows Vista migration to data theft prevention.”
Desktop Authority addresses the concerns of IT professionals who demand strong end-point security and comprehensive platform support. Version 7.7 empowers IT administrators with the ability to allow or deny specific USB devices by their serial numbers, device classes and IDs. This level of granular control enables companies to tightly regulate the USB drives and devices that are used throughout the organization and to audit all permitted and denied activity for simple reporting of what files a user copied and what attempts occurred to breach the security policy.
Additionally, version 7.7 extends the product’s reach to 64-bit platforms. This includes 64-bit desktops running the desktop agent, as well as the 64-bit back-end servers running Desktop Authority services. ScriptLogic’s patented Validation Logic distinguishes 32-bit and 64-bit environments, allowing administrators to tailor configuration profiles so that settings, preferences, and applications can be configured, personalized, and deployed as needed.
Other Enhancements for Comprehensive Desktop Management
As patch management is a critical component of IT security, ScriptLogic has combined a number of features in Desktop Authority 7.7 for more efficient patch deployment. Enhancements include:
- Desktop Authority Update and Patch Download Service: For highly secured environments with desktops and servers that are isolated from the Internet, version 7.7 now provides an innovative service that allows the administrator to download updates and patches into a zip file for easy transport to the desired Desktop Authority server.
- International Language Support for Patches and Upgrades: Desktop Authority supports downloading and installing updates and patches in English, German, French and Spanish, a feature which is particularly valuable for multinational corporations.
Rollback of Patches: With version 7.7, Desktop Authority offers the option to rollback designated patches and updates, allowing for easy removal of patches in the event of unforeseen problems.
- User Deferment of Patch Installation: The desktop user’s experience has been improved by introducing an option for end users to delay the installation of updates and/or delay the reboot which follows patch installation. Naturally, the administrator has total control over the availability of these options.
Powerful Inventory Report Creation Made Simple
Desktop Authority’s inventory database has always offered powerful, flexible reporting features, but the addition of a new reporting tool, the Custom Report Wizard, makes it even easier for IT professionals to create and automate reports containing multi-level queries. The Custom Report Wizard allows administrators to create reports that search and filter the hardware and software inventory without having to write a single line of SQL. This wizard walks administrators through the steps of creating reports based on any information stored in the Desktop Authority database, and then allows them to customize the layout and format of the report, as well as the schedule and method of delivery.
Redmond magazine recently reviewed several desktop configuration management tools, evaluating functions such as USB port security, patch management and reporting, and ranked Desktop Authority among the top: http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?editorialsid=2370. In the article titled, “Automating the Desktop,” featured in the November 2007 issue, reporter Peter Varhol said, “I found Desktop Authority to provide great information and make a number of activities involving servicing desktops far easier than they could be done manually.”
Pricing and Availability
Desktop Authority 7.7 is available immediately. A free 30-day evaluation of these products and all software solutions from ScriptLogic is available at www.scriptlogic.com. Desktop Authority is priced on a per-seat basis and volume discounts are available through ScriptLogic’s global network of reseller partners. Desktop Authority customers with current maintenance agreements will receive a complimentary upgrade.
ScriptLogic Corporation is a leading global provider of systems lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft Windows-based networks. ScriptLogic’s award-winning suite of desktop, server, and Active Directory management products help empower network administrators to proactively save time, increase security, and maintain regulatory compliance. More than 20,000 customers use ScriptLogic solutions to manage approximately 5.1 million desktops and 122,000 servers. ScriptLogic solutions benefit any size network in any industry. ScriptLogic is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Reach ScriptLogic at (561) 886-2400 or on the Web at www.scriptlogic.com.