Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, May 12, 2004

Argon Technology announces the global release of their popular PXE on Disk™ product to support network adapters using Realtek RTL8169S Gigabit Ethernet controller. PXE on Disk makes the many benefits of network booting available to users of networked devices that are not natively supported by Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot agents.

Network booting makes it possible for administrators to deploy new operating systems and applications over the network. They can also perform a number of administrative tasks at start up. Devices that don’t support PXE can still boot from the network if they have a PXE-compliant network adapter. However, many network adapters that use the Realtek RTL8169 controller don’t support PXE, or any other network booting protocols. Support for other protocols such as BOOTP, RPL, DHCP and NetWare is also available.

“By providing non-PXE compliant computer (server or desktop) with PXE on Disk, administrators can easily add the benefits of centrally deployed management tools to their entire installed base,” says Conrad Lawes, Argon’s Technical Services Manager.

Using products such as Microsoft’s Remote Installation Services (RIS) or Argon’s Client Management Services® (CMS), system administrators can deploy any Windows OS or application over the network, in minutes. The floppy disk-based version makes it possible for virtually any client to boot from the network.

Full details are available at http://www.argontechnology.com/index.php/pxe-on-disk.html.

OEM Version

Argon also offers a licensed OEM version that allows vendors of desktop management software to integrate PXE on Disk into their applications. Their customers can then create an unlimited number of PXE boot disks, as well as IBM RPL, NetWare (802.2, 802.3, Ethernet II) and TCP/IP (DHCP or BOOTP) network boot protocols.

About Argon Technology Corporation

Argon Technology is a world leader in network booting solutions. The company’s Boot ROM technology supports all leading manufacturers of networking ASICs and add in cards, as well as desktop management applications. Argon Technology also provides a range of consulting and training services to help customers use network booting to lower PC ownership costs. For more details, visit www.ArgonTechnology.com.

To Purchase Argon PXE on Disk for Realtek RTL8169 Adapters visit: http://www.ArgonShop.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/88_89.

To learn more about Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) visit http://www.PXE.ca.