September 19, 2007

NetIQ Streamlines Migration to and Management of Exchange Server 2007

Latest Products Deliver Lifecycle Management to Enable, Protect and Sustain Unified Communications Backbone

Press Release


NetIQ, an Attachmate business, today announced its latest technologies to support complete lifecycle management of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the backbone infrastructure for critical enterprise messaging services and Unified Communications initiatives. As enterprises look to upgrade or adopt this critical messaging technology, NetIQ® Exchange Migrator 7.0 and NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator™ (DRA) 8.1 with NetIQ Exchange Administrator™ 8.1 allow enterprises to quickly migrate to this platform and easily manage it, without adding additional complexity or incurring costly downtime.

"With the introduction of Exchange Server 2007, we had anticipated a huge learning curve for our IT organization. Creating large numbers of privileged accounts and successfully delegating administrative duties are only some of the challenges we expected to face with this entirely new architecture," said Larry Amerman, IS Security Administrator at Enbridge. "NetIQ's Directory and Resource Administrator will eliminate these challenges, enabling our team to granularly delegate the management of Exchange without learning complex scripting, easing their burden and simplifying our transition to Exchange Server 2007."

Few native tools exist to aide administrators' adoption of Exchange Server 2007 and the lack of a formalized migration process can lead to inefficient delegation of permissions, potential IT audit conflicts, and the proliferation of privileged accounts that compromise both the security and compliance posture of the entire organization.

Exchange Migrator 7.0 overcomes the pain points commonly associated with transitioning to Microsoft's latest messaging infrastructure from Exchange 5.5, Exchange 2000 and Exchange 2003 platforms. With advanced planning and modeling capabilities and customizable, offline migration of user mailboxes, contacts and distribution lists, Exchange Migrator provides a streamlined migration process to ensure a successful online transition. Moreover, it ensures messaging services remain available throughout the process to prevent unnecessary interruptions to end user productivity.

The latest version of DRA with Exchange Administrator 8.1 extends DRA's role-based administration capabilities to manage Exchange Server 2007, providing IT teams with the ability to delegate permissions without assigning privileged native accounts to manage users, their mailboxes, contacts and distribution lists. By placing an interface between administrators and the complexities of Exchange 2007's new management interfaces, organizations can safely delegate tasks to less-experienced administrators, while maintaining a view of audit changes across their environment. Moreover, organizations are able to more easily manage mixed Exchange 5.5, 2000 and 2003 environments, which commonly exist during migrations and are prone to major administrator errors when using native tools.

"Email is the backbone of business and organizations want to keep this business service highly productive and available at all costs. This is particularly salient as they evaluate how to leverage this service as the core for Unified Communications strategies that ultimately increase their reliance on this critical infrastructure," said Todd Tucker, director, Product Marketing, at NetIQ. "With Exchange Migrator 7.0 and DRA 8.1 with Exchange Administrator 8.1, NetIQ is delivering a complete solution to safely transition organizations to this next-generation technology while ensuring service continuity and ongoing organization productivity."

Pricing and Availability

NetIQ Directory & Resource Administrator 8.1 with Exchange Administrator 8.1 is available worldwide today, with pricing starting at $16 per user. NetIQ Exchange Migrator is currently offered under controlled availability, with general availability slated for mid October 2007. Pricing begins at $10 per migrated mailbox. For more information, please visit or call NetIQ at (888) 323-6768.

About NetIQ

NetIQ, an Attachmate business, is a leading provider of comprehensive systems and security management solutions that help enterprises maximize IT service delivery and efficiency. With more than 12,000 customers worldwide, NetIQ solutions yield measurable business value and results that dynamic organizations demand. NetIQ's best-of-breed solutions help IT organizations deliver critical business services, mitigate operational risk, and document policy compliance. The company's portfolio of award-winning management solutions includes Systems Management, Security Management, Configuration Control and Enterprise Administration.

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