Novell Inc. has just unveiled (Zero Effort Network), an application that could make it easier for schools to administer networks across Windows-based personal computers.

WinTel PCs are notoriously difficult to administer in a network, requiring upgrades and maintenance work to be done on the units themselves. As network administrators know, compatibility issues and a lack of PC standardization have contributed to the problem.

According to Forrester Research, the cost of desktop management averages nearly $4,000 a year per PC in the United States. With the distressing ratio of support...

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