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20 Nov 2017
What’s your hybrid AD and Azure AD recovery plan?
Whether you are running a hybrid Active Directory (AD) environment with Azure AD Connect, or have cloud-only objects or attributes that aren’t synchronized, it’s critical for security and compliance purposes to ensure the availability and integrity of both on-premises AD as well as Azure AD. According to a recent Microsoft blog , there continues to be strong growth with organizations using Azure AD or Azure...
13 Nov 2017
A new version of On Demand Migration for Email (ODME), 1.11 has been deployed!
We are excited to announce a new version of On Demand Migration for Email (ODME) 1.11 has been deployed. Quest® On Demand Migration for Email securely migrates data to Office 365 and on-premises Exchange or hosted Exchange email platforms leveraging a hosted infrastructure to minimize the footprint within each organization. From a single console, you can migrate multiple mailboxes simultaneously, including data...
10 Nov 2017
A new version of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint is now available!
We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint 6.10 is now available for download. Look what's new: o Support for setting a stop time for scheduled migration task. o Support for creating scheduled task for the SharePoint site provision (Git# 544). o Support for migrating to SharePoint Document Set fields with Azure Turbo mode. o Support for opening embedded attachments in PDF and...
7 Nov 2017
Bad Rabbit Ransomware: What You Need To Know About the Latest Cyber Attack
The Bad Rabbit ransomware cyber attack hit last week in Russia and Eastern Europe, targeting news media companies and some transportation companies such as Airport of Odessa in Ukraine. In a nutshell the tactic that bad guys are using is as old as WannaCry and others – find a way to compromise your security (either by phishing technique or by using known vulnerability, or both), install itself on the affected machine...
6 Nov 2017
How to Secure Active Directory Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Currently 30% of companies in the United States are using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to manage risks with projections of 50% by the year 2020 ( https://iapp.org/news/a/the-future-of-the-nist-cybersecurity-framework/ ). Quest has a broad portfolio of products that can help with these different stages, but I wanted to highlight how our Microsoft platform management solutions can help with capabilities to manage...
1 Nov 2017
Engineering notes for Secure Copy
I’ve had so many customers — and even engineering colleagues — ask me how to get the most out of their Quest Secure Copy implementation that I thought it was time to write up a few best practices. You know that Secure Copy is an automated solution for securely migrating data, shares, printers and more. You know it lets you control how data is migrated and doesn’t require the use of agents or...
24 Oct 2017
What's new in Archive Manager v.5.4? Better search and enhanced ADC service!
What's new in this release? We are happy to announce the release of Archive Manager 5.4 ! Archive Manger now includes some great new features that will enhance search, provide better support for Office 365 and loads of new platforms.&...
23 Oct 2017
Migrator for Notes to Exchange update required for migrations to Office 365!
We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for Notes to Exchange 4.15.1 is now available for download. This update is required for customers migrating to Office 365 and should be installed prior to October 31 st , in order to meet new Office 365 requirements . Look what's new: MAPI over HTTP This release adds support for MAPI over HTTP. This is now the default protocol when migrating to Office 365...
27 Sep 2017
On Demand Migration for Email now migrates Exchange Recoverable Items to Office 365
Are you considering migrating to Office 365, or an on-premise Exchange server? Perhaps your company is involved in a merger or divestiture and you need to migrate under a condensed timeline, from one Office 365 tenant to another Office 365 tenant… Would you like a solution that requires no on-premise infrastructure and scales up to meet your migration needs automagically? Well the good news is that many customers...
25 Sep 2017
Get Rid of Your Old Coffee Makers – Pre- and post-migration analysis with Enterprise Reporter
When you move out of a house, do you just toss everything into boxes, then throw the boxes into a truck? That’s a pretty tempting approach to moving, especially if you don’t really want to move in the first place. But look what a mess awaits you at the new house. You can’t put your hands on anything useful when everything’s in a jumble. Worse yet, you also realize that you’ve missed a good...
21 Sep 2017
Fortune Cookies Don’t Lie: Office 365 Cloud Security Is in Your Future
The meal is finished, so your waiter brings the check and a handful of fortune cookies. One by one, you and your friends go around the table reading them. “‘You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.’ Well, that’s profound.” “‘The love of your life will appear in front of you unexpectedly.’ Huh. I never could have guessed that.” “‘A great...
21 Sep 2017
Improving Active Directory Security with Blue Team defense services
A few weeks ago, Bryan Patton wrote about using Microsoft's Enhanced Security Admin Environment (ESAE) to improve your Active Directory security . Whether you make the decision to migrate to an ESAE environment, to an "Orange Forest", or to harden your existing environment, Quest can help you identify and remediate existing gaps as well as provide proactive management to prevent future gaps from developing...
20 Sep 2017
Nail Your Security Audits and Assessments – Enterprise Reporter Suite
“Call and let me know how much fun you’re having,” I told my cousin when she went off to college a few weeks ago. “As if,” she said. “What’s the big deal?” I said. “Spend five minutes and tell me how much fun you’re having.” “I’d rather spend those five minutes having fun than reporting on it. You’re on my finsta ; that’s all...
20 Sep 2017
When $#!% hits the fan, what’s your Azure AD recovery plan? Find out at Microsoft Ignite!
Identity is the new control plane, which means that being able to back up and recover both your on-premises Active Directory and Azure Active Directory (AD) is critical. But most customers I work with don’t know how to respond if sensitive objects are accidentally or maliciously deleted from Azure AD. See, if you use Microsoft Azure AD or Office 365 , it is important to understand the differences between the on...
Ian S. Lindsay
19 Sep 2017
How to protect against AD security breaches and insider threats? Find out at Microsoft Ignite!
Remember Hank the Hacker ? Hank is a fictional character we created for a recent webcast series around Active Directory security best practices. Hank represents hackers that appear in many shapes and sizes and who love to exploit the security limitations of AD, Azure AD and Office 365 . Hank the Hacker will send cyberattacks on your email, he’ll block login access with ransomware, he’ll use pass-the-hash techniques...
18 Sep 2017
Detecting Active Directory breaches: How to Focus on the Needles and Not the Haystacks
One thing is for certain – security has never been so scrutinized and publicized as it has these last few years. IT security spending is the highest it has ever been and yet cyberattacks, and the stolen company and customer data that follows, continues to dominate headlines. Just this month as many as 143 million customers were affected by the breach at credit reporting agency Equifax. The worldwide economic impact...
13 Sep 2017
Shirt me at Microsoft Ignite
Humans, by nature, are obsessed with free things. This is one of the main reasons I avoid Costco during peak sample hours. And the only thing better than free things – are cool free things. That’s why I’m personally pumped about our daily giveaways and raffle prizes happening in booth 717 at Microsoft Ignite . So, whatcha got? First, we’re giving away #STOPHANK t-shirts and some other cools...
12 Sep 2017
How Microsoft Red Forest improves Active Directory Security
In the early days of Active Directory , a decision had to be made as to whether you were going to do an in-place upgrade of your existing Windows NT 4.0 environment, or if you were going to do a “greenfield” migration. Some organizations had multiple domains and did a combination of both. As Active Directory (AD) grew in popularity, there were less greenfield migrations and more AD forest-level consolidations...
12 Sep 2017
Quest is back at Ignite – 3 reasons you should get excited
We interrupt this blog to bring you this message: Our thoughts and well wishes go out to to all those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Recovery from these catastrophic disasters won’t be quick and many will need our help to get back on their feet. Please check out the Texas Emergency Preparedness site or the Irma Relief Fund to discover ways you can play a role in helping those impacted...
31 Aug 2017
GDPR Compliance Requirements and Implications for US Companies
GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation – Photo Courtesy: Descrier I thought I would dedicate this blog to one topic that keeps coming up: “As a US business or government organisation, does GDPR affect me?” However, even if you are not based in the United States, I encourage you to continue reading, as the same challenges, restrictions, enforcements and opportunities still apply around the world...
30 Aug 2017
Quest product mapping to NIST Cybersecurity Framework and DFS Cybersecurity regulation
In reviewing the DFS Cybersecurity regulation Section 500.02, I immediately began thinking of the NIST Framework. Section B has several subsections that map to NIST: Identify Risks Identify Defensive Infrastructure Protect Detect Cybersecurity Events Detect Respond to Events Respond Recover from Events Recovery While Quest does not offer tools that are going to help across...
28 Aug 2017
Cybersecurity: Can we play in your backyard? Maybe not
Nearly everyone is somewhat concerned about cybersecurity, but some U.S. states are getting serious by passing new laws and regulations. While Europe is beginning to deal with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , New York a...
28 Aug 2017
Features vs. Risks of the Office 365 cloud platform
Years ago, I was an IT consultant specializing in an industry well known for the sensitivity of its documents and communications. One these companies, which had gone to great lengths to control any potential data leakage, tasked me with auditing their IT security. During the course of the audit, we quickly found a weak point: Documents on their newly deployed Windows Terminal Services servers could be simply copied...
23 Aug 2017
Migrate like a champ with Migrator for Notes to Exchange!
Migrator for Notes to Exchange uses MAPI connections to Exchange and Office 365 targets. For those customers that are new to Exchange, MAPI is the same type of connection used by the Outlook client to natively to connect to Exchange. Using MAPI connections provides many benefits for your migration, including enhanced data fidelity and performance. For those customers migrating to Office 365, using a MAPI connection is...
17 Aug 2017
Combat GDPR with Quest's Microsoft Platform Management Tools
As we become ever more reliant on technology we are seeing more and more threats to our data. These threats are not only coming from the “bad guys” out there knows as hackers like Hank . They can also come from malicious employee who feel hard done by and want to get their own back. The negligent new IT admin making changes to their Active Directory without thinking of the repercussions to the business, followed...
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