Netopia today announced the release of netOctopus Systems Manager 5.0 for Windows and Mac OS X, including Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). Version 5.0 includes numerous feature upgrades and enhancements, including MSI compliant installers, improved software recognition and inventory, updated netOctopus Agent deployment tools, and an entirely new custom fields module designed to enable total lifecycle management of network assets. netOctopus Enterprise Systems Manager 5.0 is available online at www.netoctopus.com, and will be shipping on CDs in November. Existing customers will receive email notification of upgrade availability. Pricing was not provided.