SOURCE: Special Operations Software

November 15, 2005 05:00 ET

Special Operations Software Announces Specops Deploy 3.1

The New Version Makes Group Policy the Clear Choice for Enterprise Software Deployment

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2005 -- Special Operations Software, a global provider of Active Directory integrated and Group Policy extension server and desktop management software, at the Microsoft IT Forum today announced version 3.1 of Specops Deploy. The new release further enhances Windows software deployment functionality through Group Policy. New features for installation, target types, legacy support and management make Specops Deploy 3.1 the most effective way to perform enterprise software deployment.

"The IT Staff at CherryRoad Technologies has been using Specops Deploy for the past eight months. Overall we've been impressed with the usefulness of the product and with the level of support that we've received from Special Operations," said Anthony Paulina, Senior Network Systems Architect, CherryRoad Technologies. "We are eagerly awaiting the 3.1 release and all the additional features. We are especially excited to see the additional target options that can be chosen at installation time as well as the improvements for the End User Interface."

Specops Deploy 3.1 includes many new and enhanced features and benefits such as:

--  Numerous new target types
--  Windows installer transforms
--  Local or Remote installation
--  Additional pre- and post-commands for software packages
--  End user interface improvements such as visible installations
--  Built-in support for MSP files
--  Download Cache Management
--  Import/export support of GPO for using scripts with Specops Deploy
--  HTTP(s) support for BITS downloads
--  Configurable options for rebooting
--  Support for variable return codes for legacy installations
--  Windows Installer packages can now also be published
    

"With all the new functionality provided by Specops Deploy 3.1, we are certain that users will see the absolute benefits of using Group Policy for their deployment needs," said Robert Lundh, CEO of Special Operations Software. "With so many companies using Active Directory, our solution solves the need to have one common, easy to use, infrastructure for all systems management."

According to industry research firm, IDC, close to 80% of users in North America have Active Directory deployed. And with Group Policy becoming more widely used, Special Operations Software is developing the solutions to help users leverage this technology more quickly and easily. The company offers a full spectrum of capabilities from inventory management to deployment. Combined, its solutions effectively compete with all major Desktop Management suites on the market today.

Special Operations Software is showcasing Specops Deploy 3.1 at Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain November 14, 2005 - November 17, 2005. Please visit Special Operations Software at Booth number A14.

Special Operations Software plans to make Specops Deploy 3.1 generally available during December 2005. For the full feature set and pricing information please go to www.specopssoft.com

About Special Operations Software

Special Operations Software (www.specopssoft.com), is a software vendor offering management products enhancing Active Directory and Group Policy based technology. Special Operations Software was founded in 2001 and is a privately held company. The company's customer base is spread over more than 20 countries with the majority of customers located in North America and Scandinavia. The world HQ is located in Stockholm, Sweden and a North American HQ is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Special Operations Software is a founding member of the Group Policy Task Force (www.gptf.org). Special Operations Software is a Microsoft Gold Partner in Security Solutions and as an ISV. The products available from Special Operations Software are Specops Deploy™, Special Operations Suite™, Active Directory Janitor™ and soon also Specops Password Policy ™ and Specops Inventory ™.

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