January 17, 2005

Redmond Magazine Readers Vote AppManager and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator as Two of the Best Products of 2005

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, is proud to announce that Redmond magazine has selected AppManagerĀ® Suite as the "Best Application Management Product" and NetIQ Group Policy Administratorā„¢ as the "Best Group Policy Manager" in its annual Readers' Choice Awards.


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, is proud to announce that Redmond magazine has selected AppManager® Suite as the "Best Application Management Product" and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator™ as the "Best Group Policy Manager" in its annual Readers' Choice Awards.

Redmond readers voted for their favorite products among 42 categories during a 10 day period in November. More than 2,000 IT professionals voted for the products that best helped them accomplish their tasks more easily and efficiently.

The complete results and editorial coverage are in the January 2005 "Best of the Best" issue of Redmond magazine and is available online.

"It is extremely rewarding to see that IT professionals truly appreciate the functionality and design that make our AppManager Suite and NetIQ Group Policy Administrator products stand out from the competition," said Matt Dircks, vice president and general manager of Systems and Security Management Products at NetIQ. "We are very focused on developing the most comprehensive tools for IT administrators to help them maximize efficiency and reduce repetitive tasks, and are proud to see these efforts rewarded by our users."

About NetIQ's AppManager Suite

NetIQ's AppManager Suite enables IT organizations to maximize staff efficiency, with comprehensive monitoring, diagnostics, advanced analysis and automation. In addition to delivering the broadest and deepest management view into the distributed IT infrastructure, AppManager provides a robust architecture that is easy to use, quick to deploy and capable of scaling to thousands of servers.

About NetIQ Group Policy Administrator

NetIQ Group Policy Administrator is the industry's leading solution for planning, managing, troubleshooting and reporting on Group Policy objects. It effectively manages Group Policy objects offline to eliminate the need for Group Policy-specific permissions saving IT staff from redundant maintenance.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems & Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. In addition to managing Windows-based applications, NetIQ delivers cross-platform solutions that enhance business performance resulting in higher returns on infrastructure and Web investments. NetIQ products are sold worldwide, directly and through a network of authorized NetIQ distributors and resellers. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Portland, Ore; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Galway, Ireland. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.netiq.com or call (888) 323-6768.

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