NetIQ updates SQL Server tools

NetIQ Corp. will release Tuesday version 2.0 of its year-old SQL Management Suite, with new features including a revamped user interface in one module and additional reporting tools in another.

NetIQ's SQL Management Suite is intended to ease administration of Microsoft Corp. SQL Server production systems by providing configuration management, diagnostic and recovery functions. Three of the suite's four modules have been updated.

An interface redesign in DiagnosticManager will display problems in "to-do" list format and offer one-click access to deeper diagnostic information. Administrators will be able to share lists and collaborate on changes.

The suite's ConfigurationManager component, which tracks hardware and software changes, now includes several new reports covering server properties, replication settings, database security and SQL Server job scheduling.

Changes were also made to the suite's RecoveryManager application, which features speed and reliability tweaks.

SQL Server Management Suite 2.0 will be available worldwide, according to NetIQ, based in San Jose, California. Some new international support has been added in the update, with additional French, German and Spanish-language features now available for ConfigurationManager, the company said.

Pricing for the full suite starts at US$15,000 for a five-server starter pack. A "standard" edition, which does not include the suite's AppManager module, is priced at $7,500 for a five-server starter pack.

Several of the suite's modules can also be purchased individually. DiagnosticManager and ConfigurationManager are available for $800 per server. RecoveryManager's price tag is $600 per server.

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