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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 126.96.36.199, 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...
11 Jul 2017
The Next Massive Ransomware Attack – Start Getting Ready
Where will the next ransomware attack will come from? What kind of email attachments will carry the exploit? Which users, countries and industries are most vulnerable? How much Bitcoin will the ransom cost? We wish we had the answers to those questions, but we don’t. We spend all our time studying vulnerabilities and exploits so you don’t have to, but even with all of our research, we can’t give...
3 Jul 2017
The Fourth V
The key characteristics of Big Data are commonly known as “the 3 V’s”: Volume , Velocity , and Variety . Volume for the amount of data stored to process; Velocity for the tremendous pace required to generate, store and analyze data; and Variety for the many sources of data generated as well as the disparity of formats. There are “2 V’s” that have become incorporated into the literature...
Jorge L. Carrasco
3 Jul 2017
Meet Our Experts! The Voices behind @QuestExperts: Andre Cooley
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 – Andre Cooley. Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Andre Cooley and I am a Senior Technical Support Advisor for the NetVault Product Family...
27 Jun 2017
Hangry in DC? Top places to stuff your pie hole during #MSInspire
Listen: Nothing’s more dangerous than a severely empty stomach on a work trip. You’re gonna be drinking. You’re off your time zone. You’ve got the nerves from dealing with strangers all up in your biz – it’s too m...
22 Jun 2017
Backup Storage Repositories - should I be concerned?
Three main ingredients are found within most backup solutions: 1) backup software, 2) backup agents (optional) and 3) backup repository (storage). When evaluating backup solutions, backup software typically gets the most attention due to feature set offerings such as data protection abilities, application OS, Virtual Machine protection, and reporting. Choosing the proper backup software for your environment is not a simple...
22 Jun 2017
Reduce virtual infrastructure risk without impacting performance or budget constraints
In the first post of this series, Reducing virtual infrastructure costs while supercharging performance is possible , we talked about the seemingly-conflicting choices we have when it comes to making improvements to your virtual infrastructure: We can reduce cost, minimize risk or improve service. But there are solutions that can help you achieve all three of those benefits without having to cancel out the other two....
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