Software helps create an inventory of network assets

The NetworkCharter Pro diagramming tool draws all the products on an IP or IPX network
and supplies their corresponding addresses. The information lets administrators keep an
inventory of PCs, peripherals and servers for year 2000 readiness and other tasks.

The package from Micrografx Inc. of Richardson, Texas, gives precise names and other
data for Simple Network Management Protocol devices. When the administrator indicates a
device on the network, NetworkCharter can link it to specifications in its device library,
which has more than 9,000 listings.

NetworkCharter does not require any software agents. It can diagram a prototype network
based on the number of buildings, floors, segments, sites and users that the administrator
specifies. There are 600 preset fields for generating reports and three wizard programs to
help plan design and configuration.

Users can troubleshoot network problems by asking Boolean questions.

NetworkCharter Pro starts at $995, and the standalone version goes for $349. Both run
under Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0.

Federal Micrografx users include the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the Defense
Finance and Accounting Service, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the Postal Service.
Agencies can buy Micrografx software through several General Services Administration
Information Technology Schedule contractors.

Contact Micrografx at 301-590-0734.

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