HFNetChkPro Patch Management Supports Delivery of Windows XP SP 2

Shavlik XP SP2 roll-out guidance document addresses recommended firewall configurations

St. Paul, Minn. (August 9, 2004) - Shavlik Technologies announced that its patch management solution supports delivery of Microsoft's(r) release of Windows(r) XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows XP SP2 provides an enhanced security infrastructure to protect networks against viruses, worms, and hackers. Shavlik HFNetChkPro(tm) enables deployment of Windows XP SP2 today; deployment won't be available from Microsoft via Windows Update for several weeks.

It is important for network administrators to understand that Windows XP SP2 enables the Windows Firewall by default. Because the default firewall can impact network machine identification, Shavlik has tested Windows XP SP2 and created a helpful prescriptive guidance document, located on the Shavlik Web site at http://www.shavlik.com.

This guidance document will help businesses maintain strong security while allowing users to leverage the automated patch management functions of Shavlik HFNetChkPro(tm) to scan and deploy security patches to a network. It will also help network administrators determine which deployment method will work best for each particular network environment.

Shavlik HFNetChkPro(tm) can assist with immediate or scheduled deployment of Windows XP SP2 on networks of any size. This is a large Service Pack and Shavlik testing indicates that installation on Pentium 4 class hardware can take from 40 minutes to one hour. Shavlik HFNetChkPro(tm) completes installation of Windows XP SP2 without end-user interruption during daylight hours.

For network administrators who prefer to use an agent-based patch management solution, Shavlik also offers Shavlik Security Agents(tm) to patch the hard-to-reach places on the computer network.

Shavlik will support delivery of Windows XP SP2 directly as well as through its network of technology partners. In addition, Shavlik's international reseller network, along with its new distribution partner in Japan, will provide support for Windows XP SP2 deployment globally, when the Service Pack is released by Microsoft for these languages. Shavlik provides patch language support for English, French, German, Italian and Japanese.

About Shavlik Technologies

Shavlik Technologies helps information technology managers and administrators manage computer system security including assessment, security scanning and remediation of security vulnerabilities due to missing patches, weak accounts and passwords. Shavlik's security solutions include Shavlik HFNetChkPro(tm), the industry standard for security patch management, Shavlik Security Agents(tm), the company's new agent-based patch management solution, Shavlik EnterpriseInspector(tm), a powerful network inspection tool, and Shavlik AccountInspector(tm), an interactive account and password security tool.

Shavlik can be reached at http://www.shavlik.com.