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NEW SOFTWARE FROM ARGON TECHNOLOGY SIMPLIFIES MANAGEMENT OF NETWORK DEVICES

Remote management of networked devices such as PCs, servers and embedded systems reduces downtime and maintenance expense, lowering Total Cost of Ownership.

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, September 26, 2002 - Argon Technology Corporation announces the release of Argon Client Management Services® (CMS), a network booting solution that helps IT professionals lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), while increasing system availability and productivity. CMS provides network administrators with a framework to use utilities and tools so they can effectively deploy and manage client PCs, servers, laptops, embedded systems and other networked devices from a central location. This eliminates the travel time needed to repair software problems with networked devices, and frees administrators to concentrate on other issues.

CMS features easy-to-use wizards for creating pre-Operating System (pre-OS) boot images to perform client management tasks such as BIOS updates, critical file backup, registry backup, virus scanning and software updates.

It is also capable of performing unattended Microsoft® Windows™ OS deployments over a Local Area Network. CMS offers an alternative solution to Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS), allowing the complete unattended deployment of all current versions of Microsoft Windows.

"CMS meets the growing demand for cost effective solutions that address rising PC ownership costs," says Basat Khalifa, Director of Sales at Argon Technology Corporation. "Higher productivity, increased system availability, and added data protection all combine to drastically lower total cost of ownership."

Most corporate PC products today are equipped with a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot ROM that allows them to boot from the network. By letting network administrators establish a network booted pre-OS connection, CMS makes it possible to remotely load and execute desktop management tools before the local operating system (OS) is loaded from the client PC's hard drive.

This provides a distinct advantage over tools that perform system tasks only after the local OS is loaded. If there's a problem with the local OS, those tools will not work and the PC is down until a technician visits the site to troubleshoot the problem. This downtime directly affects the productivity of the end user and the technician.

CMS can exploit Remote Wake Up (RWU) enabled clients to initiate client management tasks or OS deployments even when a client PC is powered off. By sending a RWU command to one or many client PCs immediately or at a pre-scheduled time, these tasks can be automatically carried out during off-hours, avoiding user disruptions.

Argon CMS complies with Wired for Management (WfM) specifications in its RWU and PXE support. It provides all the tools needed to customize client PC management solutions to fit enterprise needs, complementing Argon Managed PC Boot Agent (MBA) boot ROM technology and product line.

Argon Client Management Services® software is available for download from Argon's website at a cost of $299 US. The basic product includes a server license and twenty-five client licenses, with additional client licenses available for purchase in blocks of 50, 100, 500 and 1000.

Detailed product information and a trial version is available at http://www.ArgonTechnology.com/cms/.

About Argon Technology Corporation

Argon Technology is a world leader in network booting solutions. Founded by former employees of 3Com Corporation, Argon is licensed to build, support and develop the network booting technologies formerly provided by 3Com's Lanworks subsidiary.

The company's Boot ROM technology supports all leading manufactures of networking ASIC's and add in cards, as well as desktop management applications that comply with the Wired for Management standard. Argon also provides consulting and training services that help its customers use network booting to lower PC ownership costs. For more details, visit www.ArgonTechnology.com.

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