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12 Jan 2017
We’re Deploying Office 365. Now What?
Major IT migrations aren’t easy. What’s especially frustrating is that while the decision to move to a new IT platform likely did not fall on the IT administrator’s plate, the responsibility for a flawless rollout does. Such is the case with an Office 365 migration , an increasingly common shift for organizations moving an on-premises Microsoft install or other enterprise messaging platform to the cloud...
11 Jan 2017
I don't need any help with GPOs... Do I?
If you’re like most companies of any substantial size, you probably have an extensive GPO environment . Maybe you have it mostly under control; maybe you need some help getting it under control. Either way, I challenge you to think about the potential gaps and challenges you have in your GPO environment. Ask Yourself: Do I need help? I talk to customers all the time who believe that controlling, managing, tracking...
10 Jan 2017
Help! My Active Directory has been breached and I can't get back up...
Let’s face it, because Active Directory is the authentication and authorization source for most all organizations, it makes it a primary target for the bad guys. In fact, according to Microsoft, 95 million of the over 500 million active on-premise Active Directory accounts are under attack daily. That’s about 20 percent! Of course the first thing we should be looking at is our security plan, but that’s...
10 Jan 2017
Is Office 365 On Your C-Suite’s Wish List? Prepare for Migration.
Did you know that 60 million monthly commercial customers run Office 365 ? If your organization isn’t yet among the mass, don’t rule out a pending directive sent down from the CTO, CIO or other senior IT decision maker soon. Despite expectations of IT and operational disruption associated with any major platform migration, not to mention the pending end user anxiety, companies are taking on Office 365...
4 Jan 2017
Active Directory Forensic Analysis Using Recovery Manager for Active Directory
Recovery Manager for Active Directory has long been an indispensable part of an Active Directory administrator's toolkit. Its ability to take full backups of Active Directory make it perfect for quickly reversing an ill-advised change, and its robustness make it an ideal part of back out plans for Change Management processes. But there is a use case that is not as often associated with Recovery Manager for Active...
4 Jan 2017
How to Write Simple, Scalable HTML PowerShell Graphic User Interfaces for managing Rapid Recovery (3 of 3)
Part one of this blog post may be retrieved here . Part two of this blog post may be retrieved here . In the previous two posts we have put together a number of functions to simplify any further deployments: Use-RunAsAdmin which makes sure that the script will run in elevated mode Get-IeObject which launches an Internet Explorer Com Object (not too much to see as yet, beside an empty webpage) Check...
4 Jan 2017
Auditing DNS with Change Auditor
Since starting my tenure at Quest, I have had multiple customers ask me “how can I use Change Auditor to audit DNS changes in my environment ?” At first thought, this seems like an easy task to complete. Change Auditor comes with many DNS related events to accomplish the goal. Unfortunately, upon diving deeper, it becomes abundantly clear that the difficulties begin once the user enables these events to audit...
30 Dec 2016
Migrating Notes archives with Migrator for Notes to Exchange
The first step in migrating Notes archives with Migrator for Notes to Exchange (MNE) is to determine where the archive files are located. The location of Notes archives can vary between Notes deployments and can also vary by user or department. Most commonly, Notes archives are stored locally on the user’s workstation. Notes can also be configured to keep a replica copy of the user’s Notes archives on the...
11 Dec 2016
Active Directory changes made while out on Vacation...
Hope you got some rest and relaxation during your vacation. Now you not only need to get caught up with email, but your Jr. Admin has a confession about some changes he/she made in Active Directory . The biggest question is, what were all their changes? What has changed since you left, and how do we easily fix some of the problems that have occurred by their mistake(s)? Recovery Manager for Active Directory by Quest...
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”...
7 Dec 2016
When is everything not enough?
Modern security information and event management (SIEM) solutions can collected logs from every type of device including Active Directory (AD) so that companies can search through and analyze “everything”. The question we are often asked is if log collectors and SIEMs can capture “everything” why would anyone need Change Auditor for Active Directory ? The answer has to do with the definition...
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...
30 Nov 2016
New Release! Migrator for Notes to Exchange 4.14.1
We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for Notes to Exchange 4.14.1 is now available for download. Look what's new: New configuration option for Group Email Addresses New options created for the handling of Automatic Replies Improvements for the migration of MIME based messages New configurable parameter RequireSenderAuthentication has been added for group provisioning. The full Migrator...
30 Nov 2016
Quest Client Profile Updating Utility 5.6.4 is Released!
Quest is proud to deliver Client Profile Updating Utility 5.6.4. In this version the following 2 known issues were fixed. For migrations to the Exchange 2013, 2016 or Office 365 target using Dell Migration Manager for Exchange 8.13 with the 20161121EX hotfix or later, CPUU fails to apply RPC over HTTP settings provided by the MMEX switch message, resulting in a profile processing failure. For migration scenarios...
28 Nov 2016
Combat Encrypting Ransomware with Quest Software
Encrypting Ransomware is a family of malicious software (also known as malware) designed to take files on a PC or network storage device, encrypt them, and then extort money in the form of a ransom to unlock the files. This sophisticated type of attack is becoming a growing problem and is affecting organizations of all sizes. While Quest Software doesn’t have a product that will prevent ransomware, we do have many...
25 Nov 2016
Who do you trust to do your file server migration?
Migrating data from one file server to another (or multiple) can be a task in which you can pick from millions of tools out there. Basic Copy or Xcopy commands which may not get you the file rights moved over. Use of Robocopy helps get those rights and other attributes over, but how does it do with "lots of files" and "big files"? And, don’t expect Robocopy to handle anything larger than a 256...
22 Nov 2016
Email migration is as easy as 1, 2, 3,... 4 with Quest On Demand Migration for Email!
Email is an extremely important method of communication for any size business. As business needs change, so do email infrastructure requirements. On Demand Migration for Email (ODME) is a cloud-based migration service that is able to scale to meet your migration requirements “On Demand”. Whether you have a small business with a handful of users or a large enterprise with thousands of users, ODME will allow...
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...
17 Nov 2016
Quest: Reduce your IT administration
Our journey towards innovation aimed at reducing IT administration continues. We’ll deliver solutions that ensure that productivity, simplicity and value are synonymous, not exclusive. We'll help you manage and protect your data, take control of your Microsoft environment, keep track of every network-connected device, and provide appropriate user access across various platforms. This is who we are and how...
16 Nov 2016
Insider Threats: Are You Protected?
Our data and systems are frequently under attack these days. A more traditional attack is from external threats like viruses or hackers trying to gain access from outside of your environment. Threats from inside your environment are on the increase though so how are you going to approach securing your environment from within? What is an Insider Threat? An insider threat is a common term used by technical and non-technical...
15 Nov 2016
Active Directory testing - may the odds be ever in your favor.
Yup, time to reflect back and think of what you’re thankful for the most - your Active Directory. But what do you really know about the last meal (your bank account was sentenced to death, due date - Black Friday) and your job? Test yourself in our trivia for a chance to win a gift card!
14 Nov 2016
Changing Data Access Control Lists Post Domain Account Migration
Moving data between servers can be a painful process because of the security involved over the data. Moving the same data between servers, which are in different domains, is even more troublesome. Trying to move data between forests/domains which are being migrated without resolving the security to the new domain, or relying on SID History, can be the precursor to a disaster. In the end, the data will have Access Control...
10 Nov 2016
Best practices for Lotus Notes migration to Office 365
Despite most of the market shifting to Microsoft Office 365 and even Google Apps to some extent, there are still many organizations running IBM Lotus Notes for email, calendaring and line-of-business applications and collaboration. However, the clock is definitely ticking for them to move. We’ve seen a steady market of customers around the world looking to migrate from Lotus Notes to Office 365, Exchange and SharePoint...
9 Nov 2016
How to Remove Old Emails from an Unmonitored Exchange Mailbox
Just about every company has a few unmonitored mailboxes that are used to provide functionality to an application or other services like a helpdesk ticketing system. Often these mailboxes receive mail but the mail never gets deleted and the mailbox grows in size. In this post, we will take a look at how to use the Recovery Manager for Exchange PowerShell cmdlets to deal with this issue. Recovery Manager for Exchange...
7 Nov 2016
Migrating to the Cloud (Office 365 & Azure)
When you use Migration Manager for Active Directory/Exchange to migrate to Office 365 you will manage the project using 2 software consoles “Migration Manager for AD (Office 365)” and “Migration Manager”. There are 2 main phases when you migrate your environment to Office 365. First there is the user account creation/matching followed by the mailbox synchronization. Phase 1: User Account Creation...
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