• 27 Nov 2017

    Understanding Advertised Deduplication Savings for Backup Workloads

    When considering deduplication for backups, the advertised deduplication savings does not accurately reflect storage saving for your environment. It is highly recommended to test a deduplication solution within your own backup environment where you have a complete understanding of the type of data and the number of copies required to achieve a savings value. Comparing this way will ensure you have accurate information...
    • 22 Nov 2017

    Welcome to Two Techs on a Quest!

    In our new weekly podcast, Two Techs on a Quest , our IT heroes embark on an epic quest to provide tech guidance to those seeking resiliency and security for their infrastructure realms. Braving the perilous landscape of IT, they must battle monstrous IT challenges in hopes of empowering the people against the evil empire of misinformation. Will they succeed? Will they fail? Only time will tell. This epic quest starts...
    • 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...
    • 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

    Problems again? Let's restore from TSM with LiteSpeed

    Accidents happen and databases disappear...it can be because of a misunderstanding between employees, a disk failure or why not? an alien invasion. Not sure what happened this time but our friend is screaming again. JoeyDb is no longer there and we need it alive and kicking as soon as possible. Luckily enough, we just made a backup of that database in our TSM server which survived the attack. So let's restore...
    • 31 Oct 2017

    Don't be SPOOKED by Ghostly NetVault backups - there is an explanation.

    Do you have backups that go BUMP in the night, that haunt your email with "backup failed" messages, and worst of all, that backup is no longer alive? Well I can assure you there is no Paranormal Activity going on here. No Specter in your Se...
    • 11 Oct 2017

    New Cloud Based Quest Data Protection Portal Now Available for Rapid Recovery

    The new Quest Data Protection Portal is now online and available! Gain end-to-end visibility of all data protection activities across your entire IT environment anywhere, anytime. The Quest Data Protection Portal is an intuitive, cloud-based data protection management solution that enables you to monitor all your backup and recovery operations — wherever they’re located — from one single management...
    • 9 Oct 2017

    Customer Story: Using Foglight SQL PI to Detect Unauthorized User Activity

    Let me be very clear when I say that I do not advertise Foglight for Databases as a security auditing or intrusion detection solution. What is interesting to me is a scenario described by a customer working with Foglight to monitor his SQL Server databases. In a similar vein to my friend David Orlandi's post about user-level investigations using Foglight, this customer told me how he used Foglight to find that a user...
    • 5 Oct 2017

    Setting up SQL Server® Authentication with SQL Server 2012 or later for NetVault Backup

    We are long past, but beginning with SQL Server 2012, security privileges changed and you cannot use the LocalSystem account as you could previously for authentication. You used to be able to use the LocalSystem account as the default for the sysadmin role, however you now must use one of the following authentication methods. For authentication with SQL Server 2012 or later you must use a domain account (including Administrator...
    • 6 Sep 2017

    7 Reasons Why VROOM Is All You'll be Talking About At VMworld Barcelona

    Quest V ROOM brings together the protection of your critical IT infrastructure and its management all in one place. Here are 7 reasons you should come along and see it: Don’t get caught out with unprotected infrastructure Be able to see and understand what is going on in real time from critical app, through your virtual infrastructure to the storage and into the cloud. Get directed to the most valuable...
    • 6 Sep 2017

    DR Rapid – Enhancing Veeam backups with DR Series appliances

    Virtualized and hyper-converged environments allow IT data centers to rapidly adapt to ever changing business demands. Because of this, customers have increasing expectations from their backup and recovery solutions such as the protection and recovery of data in minutes, improved backup integrity, expanded retention policies and data analytics. Additionally, IT data centers are asked to retain data for longer periods...
    • 6 Sep 2017

    Speedbumps on the Road to Disaster Recovery and Data Protection

    Chico: “You call this a barn? This looks like a stable.” Groucho: “Well, if you look at it, it’s a barn; if you smell it, it’s a stable.” From “Monkey Business,” by the Marx Brothers That’...
    • 4 Sep 2017

    Keeping Your Data Protection Ahead of the Ongoing Digital Transformation

    As an IT professional, are you so consumed by keeping servers running and data flowing that it’s difficult to keep up with the digital transformation going on outside your walls? For example, energy companies are investing in smart meters to g...
    • 30 Aug 2017

    Activity Logging for Backups and Restores in Litespeed

    Litespeed has a great feature which tracks all backup and restore activity it does, and presents it within the application so that you can check the history of your Litespeed activity on the SQL Server instance. This information can be filtered by any specific database within the instance, or viewed at a higher level still, giving you a visual history of backup activity over time on the entire instance. How do we...
    • 28 Aug 2017

    See a Real Show When You’re in Vegas for VMworld 2017

    Rod Stewart. Jay Leno. Jennifer Lopez. Blue Man Group. Cirque du Soleil. Quest Software. What do these have in common? They’re all be putting on shows in Las Vegas during August. And while you may not go home bragging to your friends about seeing the Quest performance, it’s the only show that can lead to a significant improvement in your IT environment. Our shows at VMworld 2017 from August 27-31 feature...
    • 28 Aug 2017

    Coming soon in LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.6! CAUTION: this blog post contains spoilers!

    This post contains spoilers for new version of LiteSpeed! Read under your entire responsibility. Don't tell me I did not warn you! We know that with LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.5 we can backup to Azure , restore from Azure , backup to Amazon S3 and restore from Amazon S3 . That is good but, what if we need to backup to Amazon and to Azure at the same time? Or to disk and Azure at the same time? Or even to two local...
    • 25 Aug 2017

    Let's set Database Mirroring with LiteSpeed.

    In this post we are going to mirror (create backups of the same database on different locations) with LiteSpeed. To do that let's use the Backup Wizard: In the Backup Destination section we will see the Add Mirror button: Note that the "Add Mirror" option is only available with the "Overwrite existing media" option, so if we do not select that one we will get an error as shown below: ...
    • 23 Aug 2017

    Latest Version of DR Series Appliances software supports Veeam 9.5 with RapidCIFS, delivering 4x ingest rates over competitors

    Quest DR Series We are pleased to announce a new version of the Quest DR Series deduplication and storage software v 4.0.0.3, with current support of Veeam 9.5 and RapidCIFS. This combination of Veeam and Quest technologies means the DR Series can offer significantly higher ingest rates – up to 4x according to internal testing* - than our competitors. In addition, our engineering team has lead innovation and interoperability...
    • 9 Aug 2017

    Quest NetVault Backup 11.4 is Now Available!

    We are excited to announce a new version of NetVault Backup 11.4 is now available for download. Look what's new: Display jobs in a calendar type view and export job details via CSV More usable screen space via a new drawer for options Set summary preview details displayed in context Policy based job management enhancements Faster, better problem resolution via new support diagnostics Improved integration...
    • 7 Aug 2017

    Rapid Recovery - More recovery choices

    Do you ever notice that a limited number of options makes achieving goals difficult? For example, when painting a wall, going to a paint store with a large number of paint choices will result with better success than if going to a paint store with a limited selection. When it comes to backup and recovery solutions , Rapid Recovery offers more ways to backup and recover data. Rapid Recovery is an extremely flexible solution...
    • 31 Jul 2017

    See Agility come to life at VMWorld Barcelona Sept 2017: Quest Demo RR/VROOM

    The trend in IT as with many other business areas has long been one where decreasing numbers of people have to look after and increasing number of systems and technologies. Whilst those technologies have often made some things simpler, in particular deployment, they often leave other aspects in a worse position for example management of sprawl. My guess is that if you are reading this you will recognize the situation...
    • 26 Jul 2017

    Aberdeen Group: Basic data center management tools aren’t good enough

    Debating whether your organization should invest in better database application management tools? Having trouble getting buy-in from your colleagues? The Aberdeen Group – a leading marketing and research organization – recently released an illuminating study that explores why organizations are improving their data center infrastructure, as well as the benefits of doing so and the real-world implications...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Get your head in the cloud at VMWorld Barcelona Sept 2017: Quest Demo RR/VROOM

    Actually you probably already have your head in the clouds in the best possible way. We have become used to the term and the reality of Cloud Computing and the benefits they deliver of better utilization of resources, greater flexibility to change what we have deployed and how along with the speed at which we can do things. Change as they say is the only constant and so here we are facing yet more change as we blend our...
    • 14 Jul 2017

    Backing up data without busting the budget

    If your organization is like most, the amount of data it stores is growing at a mind-boggling rate. But I’d lay heavy odds that your budget for backing up that data is not. How can you protect all that data without busting your budget? You can’t. And what’s more, you shouldn’t try to. At least, you shouldn’t aim to protect it all equally well. Why not? Well, the fact is, the data that...
    • 13 Jul 2017

    Check out the new features in the upcoming release of NetVault 11.4!

    The NetVault 11.4 release is right around the corner, so we want to give you a preview of some of the enhancements and new features it has to offer! Here is a list of some of the highlighted features below: Color Scheme Options First off, It h...