• 21 Nov 2017

    How Do You Solve a Problem with Maria(DB)? Or Cassandra Or Mongo or SQLServer?

    Apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein; but the title fits. In addition to listening to the scores of old musicals, one of my hobbies is watching the weather. I have about 20 years of weather data in a MariaDB database - for those unfamiliar with OpenSource, MariaDB is a MySQL compatible OpenSource database offering. That database is getting pretty large, with over 700,000 rows in the “observation” table, and...
    • 20 Nov 2017

    What’s your hybrid AD and Azure AD recovery plan?

    Whether you are running a hybrid Active Directory (AD) environment with Azure AD Connect, or have cloud-only objects or attributes that aren’t synchronized, it’s critical for security and compliance purposes to ensure the availability and integrity of both on-premises AD as well as Azure AD. According to a recent Microsoft blog , there continues to be strong growth with organizations using Azure AD or Azure...
    • 14 Nov 2017

    What are the security risks involved when uploading data to the Spotlight Cloud?

    In the Information Technology world, we often ask ourselves, "What are the security risks involved uploading data to the Cloud?" With the Spotlight Cloud services, you can now monitor all your SQL Server Connections on your mobile device or from a browser at https://www.spotlightessentials.com . Monitoring features include a Heatmap, an Alarms List, Alarm Details and the ability to Snooze, or Acknowledge alarms...
    • 13 Nov 2017

    A new version of On Demand Migration for Email (ODME), 1.11 has been deployed!

    We are excited to announce a new version of On Demand Migration for Email (ODME) 1.11 has been deployed. Quest® On Demand Migration for Email securely migrates data to Office 365 and on-premises Exchange or hosted Exchange email platforms leveraging a hosted infrastructure to minimize the footprint within each organization. From a single console, you can migrate multiple mailboxes simultaneously, including data...
    • 13 Nov 2017

    Archived Webcast: SQL Server 2017 Features You Can Use!

    There's been a lot of chatter about SQL Server 2017's new support for Linux and Container installations, however taking advantage of these capabilities will require a fairly significant change in most uses infrastructures. This archived webcast takes a look at the enhancements to SQL Server 2017 that will work across all installations of SQL Server, thereby providing value to all DBA's regardless of what infrastructure...
    • 10 Nov 2017

    A new version of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint is now available!

    We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint 6.10 is now available for download. Look what's new: o Support for setting a stop time for scheduled migration task. o Support for creating scheduled task for the SharePoint site provision (Git# 544). o Support for migrating to SharePoint Document Set fields with Azure Turbo mode. o Support for opening embedded attachments in PDF and...
    • 8 Nov 2017

    Customer Conversation: Backup Escalation in Litespeed for SQL Server

    A customer recently asked me to clarify the option "Enable Backup Escalation" in Litespeed for SQL Server. The customer has been using Litespeed for a while so I was a bit surprised the question was asked. When we spoke further, I learned they had built their own full and differential backup strategy rather than letting Litespeed handle it for them. Wait, you didn't know Litespeed can manage a full and differential...
    • 7 Nov 2017

    Would you like to provide input on how to improve Pre and Post Migration functionality in Stat?

    For Stat 6.2, we are looking to improve the Pre and Post-Migration capabilities. In particular, we are looking to ensure that those types of actions can be fully automated, such that migrations will not require manual intervention. If you use these features, and would like to provide input, I would love to hear from you. Please email me at richard.schiller@quest.com and we can arrange a discussion.
    • 7 Nov 2017

    Bad Rabbit Ransomware: What You Need To Know About the Latest Cyber Attack

    The Bad Rabbit ransomware cyber attack hit last week in Russia and Eastern Europe, targeting news media companies and some transportation companies such as Airport of Odessa in Ukraine. In a nutshell the tactic that bad guys are using is as old as WannaCry and others – find a way to compromise your security (either by phishing technique or by using known vulnerability, or both), install itself on the affected machine...
    • 7 Nov 2017

    The Juggling Act of Modern DBAs

    Database performance monitoring can be a real circus! And with an ever-growing amount of technology platforms to manage, we’ve become the ultimate jugglers. Didn’t sign up to be a clown? Hey, I know. I didn’t, either. But, listen, sometimes we’ve gotta adapt to the new roles in which we find ourselves as database administrators. It’s been a progression. Many of us who’ve been around...
    • 6 Nov 2017

    Quest Data Protection Portal on Android - Review a Failed Off-Site Replication

    Ever tried to troubleshoot a backup replication issue whilst out enjoying life? I have, in a previous life I supported an institutional bank in Australia, providing 24/7 support for BMC Remedy, CA Autosys (this was one important piece of software) and BMC Patrol, and troubleshooting anything when at a bar isn't easy. That's now in the past if you use Rapid Recovery; we have just made staying out and enjoying...
    • 6 Nov 2017

    How to Secure Active Directory Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

    Currently 30% of companies in the United States are using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to manage risks with projections of 50% by the year 2020 ( https://iapp.org/news/a/the-future-of-the-nist-cybersecurity-framework/ ). Quest has a broad portfolio of products that can help with these different stages, but I wanted to highlight how our Microsoft platform management solutions can help with capabilities to manage...