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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...
22 Dec 2016
In conversation with a One Identity Partner: Core Technology Systems (UK)
(Please visit the site to view this video) We recently had the opportunity to host an interview with Tim Eichmann, Head of Cloud & Infrastructure at Core Technology Systems (UK) Limited and One Identity. Core Technology Systems (UK) Limited ...
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
The Cloud and the New Role of IT Departments
“The Cloud” is changing business in many ways. This discussion is mostly targeting B2B and B2C applications and how cloud and SaaS offerings are affecting access control and security. Cloud and SaaS offerings affect businesses in the red...
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...
1 Oct 2016
What's New in Stat v.5.8.1
You will see that our quest for a fully web-enabled client is full steam ahead! We just released Stat 5.8.1 . This is a maintenance release that previews some cool new features and fine tuning of the infrastructure that will...
30 Sep 2016
Monitoring Exchange and Office 365 Online
Office 365 has three types of identity models for sign-in: cloud, synchronized, and federated. Cloud is the simplest, where users sign on directly. With synchronized sign-in, users are passed through a directory syncing tool and validated. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) is a standards-based service that allows the secure sharing of identity information between trusted business partners across an extranet...
28 Sep 2016
Why Migration Projects are like Moving House
All migration projects are challenging whether it be email, AD, file server data and SharePoint migrations … Office 365 migration projects are no different. A Formula for Success: Something that I have learned over the last 10 years working on various types of projects is that there is a really simple formula to success which is to make sure you have all bases covered when thinking about your migration strategy...
27 Sep 2016
Microsoft Ignite Day 2 Preview -- Stop by Booth #1210
Day 1 of the Microsoft Ignite conference is in the books. I was working our booth (#1210) all day from noon to 7 p.m, and I must say the excitement never slowed. We talked all day to customers and partners about our solutions for Active Directory, Office 365, Skype for Business, Exchange and SharePoint. One thing that excited me was how many existing customers came up to us and raved about our tools, whether they were...
20 Sep 2016
Recap of VMworld 2016!
Guys… This year may have been our best VMworld yet! Our amazing staff of data protection and performance monitoring experts came out to Las Vegas and got to really know our customers. We listened to your thoughts on current trends in the data protection and performance monitoring space and had a lot of fun doing so along the way. To recap, here are the top highlights we experienced at VMworld 2016. This year…...
19 Sep 2016
Alerting on Docker counters from Foglight
In a previous blog we showed how easy it is to send Docker Counters to Foglight , the next natural step is to alert when something goes wrong. A reminder our script was called DockerMonitor.sh and the lines sending data to Foglight were echo "TABLE DockerData" #Creating a table called DockerData echo "START_SAMPLE_PERIOD" # Starting the sample period echo "DockerContainers = $(docker ps -aq...
14 Sep 2016
A quick and easy way to send counters from a Docker host to Foglight
Scripts agents are an easy way to add to Foglight out of the box monitoring capabilities and can be easily used to send counters from a Docker host to Foglight: Step 1 - Find the commands that get the data. The internet is full of examples for using Docker ps and docker images to get a lot of good counters from a Docker server. docker ps -aq $1 | wc -l # get the number of all containers docker ps -q $1 | wc -l # get...
13 Sep 2016
Did you know? NetVault Backup and Amazon Cloud have a thing.
Did you know that since 2015 NetVault Backup 10.x and up has support for the AWS Storage Gateway - Virtual Tape Library (VTL). This means you can backup and index directly to the Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage using Gateway-VTL with NetVault. T...
13 Sep 2016
Counting Down to Microsoft Ignite
Quest is a Platinum sponsor of Microsoft Ignite 2016, September 26-30 in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s only the second year of the event, but the conference is sold out – which makes it even more exciting to be going, as it’s like holding a golden ticket! We have quite a bit planned for the week, not even counting the evening activities. If you aren’t registered, but want to keep tabs on all the news...
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