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Technical Information

NetMan enables you to manage your applications and resources efficiently and present them attractively to users in a local area network, an intranet or the Internet. The information resources may include CD-ROM/DVD based databases as well as online databases (Crossmedia approach).

The integration of different types of resources in a single system is implemented through

  • the Application Framework (Application management)
  • the HTML Framework (management of HTML-based information sources in your Intranet or the Internet)

Product Overview H+H Software GmbH - This overview describes all available modules of <sup>H+H</sup>NetMan

These include the following performance features:

  1. Central definition of the available resources in the NetMan database.
  2. Central assignment of access privileges to NetMan users and user groups, NetMan stations and station groups, specific ranges of IP-addresses, host names and network groups.
  3. Intuitive user interfaces (Explorer or browser-based), that let you group resources in logical structures.
  4. Automatic event logging when users and atations access the system.
  5. Helper programs online help for analyzing runtime problems in your applications.

NetMan presents centrally managed resources on all your workstations. Configuration and updating of the resources on each workstation – including desktops, Start menus and browser favorites - can be implemented automatically from a central location. You can provide a variety of resources in a unified format, because NetMan lets you configure access through

  • URLs or
  • Windows program calls.

These options are illustrated in the following examples:

  1. Your users access central information services through their browsers. You can integrate any number of Windows applications in these services because when you define a NetMan apoplication call, it is automatically assigned a URL by which it can be called.
  2. Your users work in a Windows environment: You can provide customized shortcuts on the Windows desktop to any intranet or Internet resource.

Because NetMan is a modular suite, you have the choice of configuring it for exclusive use as either

  • Application management software or as
  • an Internet resource manager.

You can integrate additional NetMan modules at any time to expand the functionality of your NetMan software. This scalability secures your investment and leaves all options open for future adjustments and additions.

The Language Module lets you offer different language versions for end users. You can assign users and stations to NetMan profiles, wchich let you define the user language (with the Language Module) as well as options for information access.

User privileges for access to informations sources can be made dependent on any of a variety of conditions, such as the presence of specified entries in INI files or the Windows Registry on the client side, client host name or IP address, client operating system, and more.

A centralized  (NT-based) NetMan Service informs you within seconds about license availability and station activity.

The Application Management (Application Framework)

NetMan expans your Windows programs by adding new properties. The program properties that your operating system offers for a Windows shortcut are:

  1. the program call
  2. the working directory
  3. the icon
  4. the program window state on start-up (maximized, minimized, normal).

With NetMan not only can you define these properties centrally; you can also define additional properties that greatly expand your range of possibilities:

  1. Define a maximum number of parallel users (Licenses) for each application.
  2. Create detailed records of application use, sorted by user and station; this data can also form the basis doe easy-to-read tables and graphs generated with NetMan's powerful statistical evaluation tools.
  3. Assign 'execute' privileges for NetMan users (independent of complex file and directory privileges configured at network level.).
  4. Assign 'execute' privileges for NetWare NDS groups, as well as local and global NT andLDAP groups.
  5. Configure licensed applications to close automatically - and release the license - if they are left unused for a certain period of time. 
  6. Provide information in HTML format about individual applications.
  7. Define whether multiple parallel instances of an application are allowed on a client machine.
  8. Define mutually blocked applications (i.e. application 'B' cannot be started on a given client machine while application 'A' is running on that station.).
  9. Activate or deactivate applications or groups of applications, with a customized message to the user.

NetMan shifts the focus from the simple program call to application mangement, significantly increasing your control in the network. With NetMan, each program call - e.g. "LexiRom.exe" - is a single action within an elaboate application definition ("configuration").

NetMan Application Definition - A NetMan application definition is a list of actions which contains at least a program action

An application definition in NetMan can include (if necessary) more than just a simple program call.:

  • Map a network drive for the application
  • Make the required resources available (for example, by mapping the LEXIROM CD). NetMan has an interface to Virtual CD
  • Call the program
  • When the program is ended: Undo drive connections that were mapped by the preceding action(s)
  • Combining the program call with many of the NetMan operations such as password requests, execution of any programs before and after the program call. These can be carried out dependent on users rights.
  • You can define action return values which are stored in variables; for example, to integrate user input in the processing of a NetMan configuration. NetMan's own interface in the Windows Scripting Host lets you combine the many options available in NetMan with scripts you write yourself.

The following additional mordules belong to the application management:

The NetMan Installer monitors the local workstation during application setup; changes made by the setup program at the file level or in the Windows registry are documented and can be written up in the form of scripts. You can insert these Installer scripts in teh NetMan configurations to distribute application components where and when you need them in the network.

The Terminal Server Module enables access through terminal servers, such as Citrix MetaFrame or Microsoft Terminal Server and lets you define authrized host names (DNS) or IP addresses for working with anonymous users. With this module and a MetaFrame server you can allow a platform-independent access (for instance, from Unis, Macintosh or OS/s teminals) to your Windows applications. In combination with the HTML viewthe Terminal Server Module helps you provide your Windows applications attractively and efficiently in Intra- and Internet.

The ProGuard Module lets you centrally configure permitted programs and processes on the client workstations.  H+H ProGuard is available for purchase as a stand-alone product.

The NetMan for Schools Module includes special programs and per_defined NetMan configurations for use in educational contexts. In combination with the Modulen Installer, Terminal Server and NetMan for Schools you have all functions in the package NetMan for Schools.

The HTML Framework (HTML-based Sources of Information)

You can access Intra- or Internet resources using the NetMan Explorer. The NetMan Explorer permits controlled access to these resources if the user's navigation possibilities can be limited: the operating elements can optionally be individually deactivated and lists of links that are to be accessible or not accessible for the user can be configured. These lists grant the end-user access only to those HTML-based resources that you place at his disposal.

In combination with the Terminal Server module it is possible to access Windows ­Applications in Intra- and Internet which can be started from browser pages.

Included in the NetMan Basis module is the HTML Wizard, that automatically creates HTML pages for the resouces made "accessible." Since this „simple“ HTML-view only creates static HTML documents, neither user-specific nor workstation-specific views of these resources are possible.

The (dynamic) HTML-View performs exactly this function. It analyses the rights of the accessing user or the accessing station and only shows the "accessible" resources, for which the accessible rights have been granted. In addition its behavior can responds differentially depending on traits of the request: the browser type, the client operating system, DNS-names or IP-addresses. For instance, regardless of the location of the accessing client, it can start applications on a terminal server using the ICA or PDP protocol or start applications directly on client PCs.

A fully automatic access to Internet resources is possible using the HAN-Modul. In this context "fully automatic" means that no personal login to the respective resource is necessary since the necessary autehntification takes place over institution internal databases. Access to Internet resources can then only take place when the accessing user is not in the address register of his Institution. HAN (=Hidden Automatic Navigator) can be purchased as a separate product.

Technical Requirements

Network Server

NetMan can be installed on a Microsoft NT-Server (NT 4.0 or higher), a Novell Server (3.12 or higher) or another PC - compatible server. For the NetMan Service you need a Microsoft NT-Rechner (Server or workstation up Version 4.0).

Client PCs

A access independent of a platform is possible only in combination with the Terminal Server Terminalserver Module and a MetaFrame Server.

The starting the NetMan programs themselves requires a Windows operating systems (Windows 98 or ME, NT 4.0 (Service Pack 6a), Windows 2000 or XP). The Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0(or higher) must be installed. For the administrative stations it is advisable to have plenty of memory (256 MB) and a food monitor (19 Zoll Monitor).