Having defined a new category of network management – desktop management – NetManage Inc is claiming a first for a new system that is claimed to run over any TCP/IP network running SNMP. As the term suggests, desktop management is designed to discover and manage individual desktops on the network, although the company says it can also be used for other network resources including bridges, hubs and routers. Cupertino, California-based NetManage says it can be used to manage and analyse remote desktop personal computers running the company’s NEWT TCP/IP stack, and SNMP agent, or other SNMP agents. The system is Windows-based, and is said to enable managers to zoom in on remote personal computers to see what software is running, view hardware and network configuration, and manage hosts. It is further claimed to allow for dynamic viewing of statistics, and maintain network lists through icon or table representations. The system also includes a software-based TCP/IP packet trace and analysis, called NEWTtrace, allowing users to capture, view and analyse inbound and outbound TCP/IP traffic from the manager’s personal computer. The product supports standard MIB Management Interface Base views, and customised views with Management Interface Base extensions for specific devices, and the company also says it has developed an interface and agent for the Desktop Management Task Force’s Desktop Management Interface for MS-DOS and Windows, which can be managed by NEWTwatch: this will be incorporated into the product once the Desktop Management Interface has been fully defined. Out now, NEWTwatch costs $500 per user.