• 19 Jul 2017

    Three Reasons I’m Inspired by Microsoft Inspire

    What a week! More than 17,000 attendees packed a convention center in Washington D.C. to hear Microsoft’s latest direction and connect with partners and ISVs from around the globe. Microsoft wasted no time getting down to business and delivered a week full of new initiatives and reinforced strategic direction for partners to execute. I walked away convinced Microsoft has the right vision to help customers –...
    • 14 Jul 2017

    Meet Our Experts! The Voices behind @QuestExperts on Twitter: Aaron Mares

    We are lucky enough to work with a number of extremely talented and passionate people. Some of our coworkers have been here for a number of years and have some great stories to tell. We wanted to use this interview as an introduction to one such individual – Aaron Mares. Tell us a little about yourself: I currently support Spotlight as an Enterprise Tech Support Advisor. I am a firm believer that hard work...
    • 29 Jun 2017

    Restore from Azure with LiteSpeed

    Let's first destroy a little bit: And then let's ask our colleague to send us all the information about the Human Resources department : Luckily us we just run a backup on Azure for this database. In this blog we will run the restore by Right clicking the backup we want to restore. To do that we select the Database in the "Backup Manager" and then, on the right hand, we select the "Backup...
    • 26 Jun 2017

    Backup to Azure with LiteSpeed

    In a previous blog, we learnt how to backup to Amazon S3 with LiteSpeed . Let's see now how to backup directly to Azure. Remember that LiteSpeed does not use any temporary local storage for backups at all ...the backups just go directly to the cloud! First that all let's start registering our account with LiteSpeed. Since in the previous blog we used the "Add Cloud Account" Wizard , let's use the...
    • 12 Jun 2017

    New Chapter: SharePlex 9.0 SQL Server Capture

    Having worked with SharePlex for the last seventeen years, it is exciting to see SharePlex capture can now replicate data from non-Oracle database SQL Server for the first time. It is very easy to set up and looks and feels just like SharePlex for Oracle. The current 9.0 release supports SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016 on both source and target running on windows 2012. You can replicate from on...
    • 6 Jun 2017

    Let's test SQL Server Optimal Backup Settings with LiteSpeed!

    Let’s compare these two different conversations. Conversation 1: Conversation 2: Does this situation ring you a bell? Do not worry! Backup Analyser is here to help you even though nobody answers your questions .With just a few clicks you can have a nice graph and an Excel file with that information! Let’s start! First open Backup Analyser.You can open it from the Database menu or selecting a database...
    • 22 May 2017

    Restore from Amazon S3 with LiteSpeed

    Today I am going to talk about …hold on… where is my database? WHERE IS MY DATABASE? It was there 5 minutes ago!! Where did it go? I spent a lot of time setting up the database for this blog. Ok! Do not panic! Do I have a backup? Oh yes! I just run a backup to Amazon S3 in my previous blog so ...relax...and let’s restore it. First let’s open the Restore Wizard: Then select the type...
    • 17 May 2017

    Backup to Amazon S3 with LiteSpeed

    Do you know that LiteSpeed supports backup and restore directly to and from Microsoft Azure Blob Storage and the Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)? And with directly I mean exactly this: LiteSpeed does not use any temporary local storage for backups at all ...the backups just go directly to the cloud! In this blog we are going to focus on Amazon S3. Once you have your Amazon S3 account, all you need to do is to...
    • 13 Mar 2017

    Would you like to have a direct influence on the Toad Products? Introducing Toad Design Research.

    We need your help. We know you are the experts using our products or how you might want to use our products. Our most valuable data comes from you. When you participate in our research studies, you are talking to people who have direct influence in the design process. One may see an existing product or a new prototype. In addition, we could just chat with you about how you use certain products or ask you to keep a record...
    • 7 Mar 2017

    Hadoop's Map Reduce component and example

    I wanted to share the very popular posting from Oracle DBA, Fernando Garcia , within the NoSQL and Cloud Databases Community. Fernando is from Argentina and posted his knowledge in Spanish. With a posting this good, it needed to share amongst the English community as well. An example of using Map Reduce Map Reduce is a component of the Hadoop ecosystem. It consists of a programming model that allows large volumes...
    • 28 Feb 2017

    Notes / Exchange / GroupWise / Zimbra / Hotmail / Office 365 migrations easily done with ONE SOLUTION…

    Whether you are an Email Service Provider or just a company running one of the above solutions there is a product that can easily be setup in a matter of minutes to start your migration to Exchange On-Premise, Exchange Hybrid, or even the very popular Office 365 environment. (Quest On Demand Migration for Email) The problem with a lot of migration products is that they require an On-Premise install of the migration...
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Leveraging Microsoft Azure for Offsite Data Storage and Disaster Recovery

    How do I get my data offsite? One of the most important items in a good backup and disaster recovery strategy is making sure that data is redundantly stored at a location beyond just the primary site. It’s important because, if something happen...
    • 23 Jan 2017

    Backup Appliance or Backup Software?

    Customers often have to choose whether a backup appliance is a good fit, or a standalone software solution. On the surface, this may seem to be an easy answer, but in reality, there are numerous factors that dictate which route is a better option. I will discuss some key differences between the two approach to try and help navigate the decision-making process. Software Appliance Provides the...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    It’s OFFICIAL. TAPE IS DEAD!

    THIS JUST IN!!! It’s finally official! TAPE IS DEAD! When I meet with customers they ask me the same question. How do I get rid of tape? They don’t want to manage the day-to-day life with tape. Worrying about cleaning the tape drives and keeping track of the labels and where the tapes go. But they do like the cost of tape. It’s very budget friendly. So once again… How do I get rid of tape? Rapid...
    • 10 Jan 2017

    Data Protection for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    With the constant evolution of the software-defined datacenter landscape, the latest trend, undoubtedly, is towards converged platforms – namely, hyperconverged and superconverged infrastructure. At the heart of hyperconvergence is the idea of consolidation – that is to combine virtualization, compute, storage, networking, backup and disaster recovery, and high availability in to a unified scale-out appliance...
    • 27 Dec 2016

    The Quest for perfect IT solutions: A Tale of Two Cities

    Dickens wrote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness….” Too often this is how I see IT solution requests; a conflict of two opposites occurring at the same time. As we struggle to meet the demands of both internal...
    • 16 Dec 2016

    The Power of Not Having To Choose

    The world we live in is one dominated by change. Technology is always pushing forward to new and (sometimes) better things. Trends in the industry seem endless and rapid and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The great technology debates always rage on in one form or another: Physical vs Virtual; Local vs Cloud; Disk vs Tape. The “Next Big Thing” is always on the horizon, beckoning you to invest your time...
    • 9 Dec 2016

    How Unified Communications Analytics Can Help You

    Trending upward in IT is the amount of Email data being migrated to the Cloud from On-Premise Exchange. Specifically, there are increased migrations to Microsoft Office 365 (Exchange Online), which is what we would call a “Cloud Provider”...
    • 1 Dec 2016

    Keep IT Simple: Manage Users and Groups in Microsoft Azure Active Directory from a Single Console!

    Until now, Administrators and cloud-based service providers have been relying on native, web-based tools to manage users and groups in Microsoft Azure Active Directory . Empower them to manage hybrid on-premises/Azure-based Active Directory environments from a single console. Active Administrator for Azure Active Directory makes managing users and groups a very quick and simple process. To manage users within the Active...
    • 21 Nov 2016

    Enhancing your Auditing for Office 365

    Quest Software released Change Auditor 6.9 which allows you to audit changes in both Azure Active Directory and Office 365 . There is a lot of auditing you can do with native tools, but you should be aware of some of the limitations. PowerShell To setup auditing of a lot of the operations in Office 365 requires the use of PowerShell to enable the auditing. As an example, let’s say you want to audit non-owner...
    • 19 Oct 2016

    Get ready for Halloween!

    One of the nicest features in Foglight is the flexibility in creating beautiful drag and drop dashboards, here is a short video blog showing how you can create a fun and functional dashboard for Halloween. (Please visit the site to view this video)
    • 18 Oct 2016

    Desktop Authority 10.0 has finally been released! So, What's New?

    A major release of Desktop Authority has been a long time coming. Here are just some of the exciting new features and enhancements included in the latest version: Off-Network support for domain joined machines The new Off-Network Support (ONS) feature allows all supported domain joined machines (desktops, laptops, tablets, etc.) to continue receiving new configuration updates, even while disconnected from the corporate...
    • 17 Oct 2016

    Alternative Approach to Integrating Foglight Alerts with Third Party Systems

    Summary This is one of those special Enterprise Monitoring use cases that I mentioned in my last blog post; The Not So Obvious Enterprise System Monitoring Essentials . While this is not the only way to do Foglight alert integration, it is what we felt was the best way forward for this special use case. The case illustrates the need for flexibility when it comes to monitoring an Enterprise. These are the types of cases...
    • 10 Oct 2016

    Monitoring the Internet of Things – Part 3

    In this blog series, I’ll cover why monitoring the Internet of Things (IoT) is important, along with how to go about doing it in a practical manner. In this third and final installment, I’ll show specifically how Foglight can help monitor the network links and web URL’s that are at the core of the Internet of Things reference architecture. In case you missed it, part 1 is available here , and part...
    • 7 Oct 2016

    Performance Monitoring From Spotlight Cloud

    The Spotlight Cloud services allow the users the capability to monitor their servers both on the web and on a mobile device. It also analyzes the server’s performance metrics and provides a ‘health’ check on the server. Additionally, it evaluates the server’s capacity and provides more detailed insight into its performance. Furthermore, the users can compare and contrast their experience to other...