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22 Mar 2018
Episode 5: The Co-Loc Strikes Back
It is a dark time for IT pros. With corruption, data loss and ransomware attacking networks across the galaxy, disaster recovery (DR) is more important than ever. Fortunately, a group of freedom fighters, led by the two heroes in our Two Techs on a Quest podcast, have established some solid disaster recovery guidelines. In this episode, we discuss replication, give an introduction to cloud providers, and provide a holistic...
7 Mar 2018
Episode 4: A New Hope for Storage
In Episode #4 of our Two Techs on a Quest podcast – where two IT technical support heroes seek universal truths to getting the most from your network – we offer a new hope to a problem that started a long time ago and has plagued data pros in data centers far, far away: Storage. Watch our IT support heroes delve into the long-term implications of making a decision when it comes to SANs, NAS and DAS. They’ll...
1 Mar 2018
Holistically Manage Your Virtual Environment
Did you think virtualizing your IT infrastructure would put an end to your systems management woes? If so, you are not alone. While it’s true that you now have less hardware, less storage housed on actual servers and less physical infrastructure overall, you still have a very complex IT environment to manage. Managing a virtualized infrastructure requires a holistic mindset and good tools that provide you with...
21 Feb 2018
Episode 3: We Cover "Virtually" Everything
In our Two Techs on a Quest podcast, two IT technical support heroes embark on an epic quest to rescue other IT professionals and shield them from common IT dangers … like non-optimized infrastructure. In this episode, our IT heroes seek to help other IT pros optimize their virtual infrastructure, thereby improving the performance of other applications, programs and databases in your infrastructure. Both Hyper...
14 Feb 2018
Migrate to Azure in 6 Easy Steps
Migrating your infrastructure to the cloud doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but it does require some planning to pull it off with ease. When migrating virtual machine workloads from an on-premises data center into Azure, the goal is to maintain business continuity by building a hybrid environment that leverages the benefits of running in Azure. But you need to be proactive and ask the right questions to make sure...
7 Feb 2018
Episode 2: Ransomware! The Cost of Doing Nothing
Welcome to Episode #2 of Two Techs on a Quest , the Quest podcast where two IT pros embark on an epic quest to provide guidance to those seeking resiliency and security for their infrastructure realms. In this episode, our heroes find themselves on th...
17 Jan 2018
Archive, Rapid Recovery Style
First things first. What is data archiving? Simply put, it’s a process that takes data that’s no longer in use or has lost its relevance and moves it to lesser expensive storage such as magnetic tape or cheap disk storage. Archived data is usually in a compressed format and may also include deduplication. Archived data can then be accessed at a later date if needed but recovery times are typically quite lengthy...
16 Jan 2018
DR Series Appliances & LAN Free Backups
A backup is a network resource intensive process that can negatively impact employee business needs, thus it is challenging for backup administrators to protect ever growing data capacities without impacting production. New technologies and backup methods must be examined to achieve successful backups for the future. One proven and successful backup approach is the implementation of LAN-Free backups to disk based PBBA...
8 Jan 2018
Quest DR Series Appliances with Veeam Instant Recovery
Deduplication appliances such as the DR Series offer backup environments many enhancements and savings. As indicated within this blog, the DR Series performs well with many advanced features of Veeam Backup & Replication.
27 Dec 2017
How to use GDPR compliance as your competitive edge
It’s all too apparent that most organisations facing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are seeing it as a costly, time consuming hurdle that they need to reluctantly resolve with as little financial investment or business interruption as possible. However, we really need to be looking at why GDPR came into existence in the first place, and how it is an excellent opportunity for organisations to gain...
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...
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