March 26, 2002

NetIQ Performance and Availability Management Software to Be Used at All U.S.-Based Microsoft Technology Centers

IT Professionals Can Now Replicate Their Windows Environment and Evaluate Benefits of Implementing a Management Solution


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions, announced today that the Microsoft Technology Centers in Boston, Chicago, Austin and Silicon Valley will use NetIQ® Performance and Availability Management solutions to help assess Microsoft customers' critical management needs.

The Microsoft Technology Centers provide customers with a completely configurable Windows-based server environment and resident technology experts to replicate their own Windows environment. This enables them to effectively develop and exercise proof-of-concept solutions. With the inclusion of NetIQ Performance and Availability Management products, customers can now replicate their Windows environment and evaluate the benefits of using monitoring and management solutions and create detailed deployment plans.

"Microsoft and NetIQ customers will now have the ability to prototype, evaluate, develop deployment plans and assess the business benefits they will derive from implementing a management solution prior to the purchase and implementation of any software," said Tom Kemp, senior vice president and general manager of Performance and Availability Management solutions at NetIQ. "Together we will be able to provide our customers with the knowledge, expertise, technology and best practices they need to enhance the health, performance and availability of their Windows-based environment."

"The Microsoft Technology Centers bring together technology experts and industry leaders in an outstanding development environment to help customers rapidly architect, build and test technology solutions to address their business issues," said Frank Murphy, general manager, Microsoft .NET Solutions Group, Microsoft Corp. "NetIQ Performance and Availability solutions will add invaluable management experience and best-of-breed products to the centers, enabling customers to reduce the amount of time needed to deploy these beneficial solutions."

About NetIQ Performance and Availability Management Solutions

NetIQ Performance and Availability Management solutions are focused on providing the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of products for managing, monitoring, analyzing and reporting on the health, performance and availability of mission-critical applications and servers. Products included in the solution are AppManager® Suite, AppAnalyzer™, NetIQ® Extended Management Pack™ (XMP™) modules for Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 (MOM), NetIQ® SQL Management Suite, NetIQ® VoIP Manager™ Suite and NetIQ® End2End™ Performance Monitor Suite.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corporation (Nasdaq:NTIQ) is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions for all the components of an organization's e-business infrastructure - from back-end servers, networks and directories to front-end web servers and applications. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's web site atwww.netiq.com or call 408/856-3000. For more information about WebTrends, the e-business intelligence product line from NetIQ, please visit www.webtrends.com or call 888/WEBTRENDS.

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