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MSN Uses Altiris to Automate Rapid Deployment of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions

Altiris Now Automates Deployment and Provisioning of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64

SEATTLE, WinHEC 2005, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Altiris, Inc. , a pioneer of IT lifecycle management solutions that reduce the total cost of owning IT resources, today announced MSN is using Altiris to automate the rapid deployment and provisioning of hundreds of servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions. Altiris(R) Deployment Solution(TM) now includes support for Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with a single management console for transparent, cross-platform management.

Jeff Owen, MSN senior systems engineer, said, "With an extensive amount of servers under management, we require optimal server-based computing and the ability to deploy and rebuild servers as quickly as possible. Altiris Deployment Solution helped us quickly and accurately provision a significant quantity of servers running Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions. We can now deploy an x64 operating system in under an hour, helping us quickly attain increased performance while helping to maximize our hardware investment."

Poul Nielsen, Altiris VP of corporate development, said, "Altiris customers have come to expect our support of the latest and most innovative technologies and we expect to be a first-mover for the IT lifecycle management of the Microsoft Windows x64 platform. In order to help IT organizations attain the benefits of 64-bit computing, Altiris now offers provisioning capabilities for Microsoft's Windows x64 platforms in emulation mode. Later this year, we plan to release specific x64 management capabilities, including asset and patch management, application packaging and system recovery."

Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition allow customers to easily run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications and make the gradual shift to 64-bit computing at their own pace while preserving current investments in 32-bit applications. Customers can also expect substantial performance improvements compared to 32-bit product versions.

"Customers today are challenged to increase performance and maximize investments in their current systems. Altiris management software and Microsoft's Windows x64 platform together create a powerful solution for optimized computing," said John Borozan, senior product manager in the Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp. "Using the Altiris management software helps customers achieve additional deployment and management benefits for 32-bit and 64-bit systems to more quickly and efficiently realize the benefits of 64-bit computing."

About Altiris

Altiris, Inc. is a pioneer of IT lifecycle management software that allows IT organizations to easily manage, secure and service desktops, notebooks, thin clients, handhelds, industry-standard servers, and heterogeneous software including Windows, Linux and UNIX. Altiris automates and simplifies IT projects throughout the life of an asset to reduce the cost and complexity of management. Altiris client and mobile, server, security and IT asset management solutions natively integrate via a common Web-based console and repository. For more information, visit

Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, including statements regarding Altiris's plans and its customers' expectations regarding support of the latest technologies, including the Microsoft Windows x64 platform, and statements regarding expected performance improvements on the 64-bit computing platform. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ, including but not limited to, risks associated with delays or difficulties in developing products or bringing products to market, our inaccurate assessment of or adverse changes to market demand, errors in our products, any deterioration of our relationships with Microsoft, HP, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, IBM, and other OEMs, VARs, systems integrators, and direct sales channels, and such other risks as identified in our annual report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2004, and from time to time in other reports filed by Altiris with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Altiris is a registered trademark of Altiris, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. Deployment Solution is a trademark of Altiris, Inc. The other company names or products mentioned are or may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Altiris, Inc.

CONTACT: Rhett Glauser of Altiris Inc., +1-801-805-1131,
[email protected]; or Elyce Ventura of Bite Communications,
+1-415-365-0360, [email protected], for Altiris, Inc.

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