Lenovo has a new centralised management hub for its PC productivity tools, to be launched on 15 September.

The LANDesk Management Suite for ThinkVantage Technologies will consolidate all the software features in one place, making it easier for sysadmins to control the whole network and decrease the need for desk support visits and helpdesk calls.

The suite's focus is software license monitoring, software distribution, image creation and deployment, inventory and remote control, said Lenovo. Using LANDesk, for example, syadmins will be able to run Rescue and Recovery 3.0 software to handle backup or recovery from remote locations.

There is also an improved Antidote Delivery Manager so IT departments can provide fixes and updates to users no matter where they are located and even if user's computers are out of commission because of a worm or virus.

Other improvements are: the ability to restore computers from crashes without losing settings or having to rescue files; single-instance storage for the most recent copy of large files so backup sizes are decreased; a backup analyser that lets users choose the correct files to exclude or lets them keep a single backup copy of a file.

A range of other changes provide greater integration, security and automation of various tasks. Pricing will be released at the official launch.