NetWhyz first tool verified for Windows Server 2003

Microsoft SA, Microsoft Corp.'s South Africa division, announced this week that NetWhyz v2.1 software has been verified for Windows Server 2003.

The verification, claims the company, makes NetWhyz the first local software asset management tool to be successfully tested against reliability, security, supportability, and interaction criteria, with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

"The success of our independent software vendor (ISV) partner community, bringing applications to market and then following through with verification or platform testing, is key to driving innovative solutions to market," says Gail Moffit, ISV group manager at Microsoft SA. "NetWhyz verification is an example of our ISV skills base -- on a par with the best in the world. Currently only a handful of products have succeeded with the verification," she says.

According to the company the "Verified for Windows Server 2003" test, conducted by independent third party, Veritest, and sponsored by Microsoft, signifies the product's interoperability, and guarantees that NetWhyz will install onto Microsoft Windows Server 2003. This, the company says, will be done by means of a robust, self-repairing installation that helps to minimize conflicts among shared components. It also ensures, according to Microsoft, that the application will run on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and is unlikely to cause it to become unstable as well as meet basic security requirements for Windows Server 2003. The company says that it will also ensure that customers will be able to cleanly uninstall the application if necessary.

NetWhyz, according to the company, has been developed by Gencentric, a Microsoft certified partner and Proudly South African company. "This certification is a crucial step for NetWhyz gaining international credibility," says Graham Misselhorn, MD of Gencentric. "We believe the verification assessment is increasingly an important consideration, not only for the end-user client, but also for ICT companies when selecting a tool to resell, or to use in audits."

Already NetWhyz is being used, Microsoft says, by some major South Africa (SA) corporates, including the Spar Group, SA Eagle, NPC Alcohols, Valspar SA, Plascon, Richards Bay Minerals and Phalaborwa Mining Company.

NetWhyz verification is timely, says Microsoft, considering the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) recent extension of its 90-day truce for companies who are not licence-compliant. Gencentric, according to Microsoft, is offering a free 30-day NetWhyz audit licence to companies in SA as an incentive for companies to try the tool.

"We are confident that once companies have installed the audit licence, they will see the value in purchasing a full version of NetWhyz, and install a permanent Software Asset Management program," says Misselhorn.

NetWhyz is distributed locally though Iridium Software Solutions and Comztek. Comztek, Microsoft notes, has recently been appointed as the second distributor for NetWhyz in SA. Heinz Stephan, director of products at Comztek, says: "Comztek has tested NetWhyz, and is running it internally. We believe that there is potential for NetWhyz in the market, and see it as a way for our dealers to add value to their clients' business."

According to Microsoft, Gencentric is currently appointing international distributors, but notes that international orders can now be made on the NetWhyz Web site - Microsoft also notes that NetWhyz v2.1 software will now be listed on its Web site as a verified application.

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