• 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’...
    • 5 Sep 2017

    Automating Systems Management — Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Work smarter, not harder — it’s is a great idea, but how can we accomplish it? The answer for IT administrators like us, of course, is automation. But we’re already stretched thin, so how can we find time to automate our daily task...
    • 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...
    • 8 Aug 2017

    Monitoring Workload – Heads or Tails, it's two sides of the same coin

    I often get asked about monitoring SQL workload that is consuming a database instance’s resources. The first question that comes to my mind is, “What is the symptom you are trying to resolve?” Are you looking to understand the root cause of compute resource consumption such as CPU, I/O, memory and timing? Or are you looking to get to the bottom of a specific set of wait events that have been present...
    • 4 Aug 2017

    Simplify Healthcare M&A with Automated AD and Exchange Tools

    Simplify your healthcare mergers and acquisitions with secure and automated tools for Active Directory and Exchange consolidations.
    • 1 Aug 2017

    Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions: A Prescription to Improve Security Before Migration

    Several forces are combining to create a historic period of consolidation in the healthcare industry. Increased competition, a shift to outcomes-based reimbursement models, and an overall need to widen the scope of care while reducing costs are driving more and bigger M&A deals. In fact, according to Thomson Reuters, healthcare M&A deals totaled US$672.9 billion during 2015, which was a 71% increase from 2014...
    • 6 Jul 2017

    A new version of Migrator for Notes to Exchange is now available!

    We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for Notes to Exchange 4.15 is now available for download. Look what's new: Completely re-engineered folder mapping and filtering algorithm - The folder mapping and filtering algorithm has been completely re-designed to provide a much cleaner migration experience using default settings, without any [Filters] defined. Windows Server 2016 is now supported ...
    • 3 Jul 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 6.9.1 is now available for download. Look what's new: Support new license type for the Discovery edition of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint If you need additional services to assist you with upgrading Migrator for Notes to SharePoint or ensuring your solution is running optimally, please visit our Migrator for Notes to SharePoint...
    • 18 May 2017

    A new version of Migrator for GroupWise, 4.6.1, is now available!

    We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for GroupWise , 4.6.1, is now available for download. Look what's new: • Rebranded to Quest. Migrator for GroupWise has been rebranded as a Quest product. • Support for new operating systems as your admin migration server or running SSDM: • Windows Server 2016 • Windows Server 2012 R2 • Windows 10 • Windows 8.1 The full Migrator...
    • 3 Apr 2017

    A new version of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint, 6.9, is now available!

    We are excited to announce a new version of Migrator for Notes to SharePoint , 6.9, is now available for download. Look what's new: Integrated support - Search for knowledge base solutions right from the error in the log entry details dialog box Migrating failed items – Easily load items that failed to migrate from the log file and retry the failed items again Remote database repository support –...
    • 27 Feb 2017

    Migrating to Archive Mailboxes with Quest On Demand Migration for Email

    Both Exchange and Office 365 have the option to provide users with two separate mailboxes. First, there is the normal “User Mailbox”, which is typically used on an everyday basis and is housed on high performance storage media. Second, is the “User Archive” mailbox, which is typically used only when older data needs to be referenced and can be stored on less expensive storage media. Quest On Demand...
    • 17 Feb 2017

    Securing your Active Directory Environment from the Inside Out. (Part 4)

    Step 4: Control and simplify Group Policy management . Using GPOADmin, you can be very granular with who is allowed to do what with a particular Group Policy. Much like Active Roles, GPOAdmin allows you to grant specific rights to your Administrators and make the changes through a service account. Thus greatly reducing the need to grant the rights natively. Finally, we have secured Active Directory literally from...
    • 14 Feb 2017

    Getting Organized Using Toad

    Toad has so many features and RDBMS' have so many objects it can sometimes be difficult to mesh them together to accomplish the tasks at hand. Wouldn't it be great if there were ways to have these organized in the way you need vs ...
    • 13 Feb 2017

    Securing your Active Directory Environment from the Inside Out. (Part 3)

    Okay, we have identified our privileged users and determined what rights are needed for them to do their jobs. Now we need a way to enforce these new roles. Step 3: Simplify the security of your Active Directory Active Roles is an AD proxy. It will sit between the user and Active Directory and determine if the user should be performing the task or not. Since the Active Roles service account is actually making the...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    Secure Automation Using Toad for Oracle

    While Toad for Oracle has had Automation for a long time now it has been necessary to run it on your desktop. While this is an important feature this limitation made it not ideal for organizations where security is imperative, such as in t...
    • 7 Feb 2017

    Securing your Active Directory Environment from the Inside Out. (Part 2)

    In my previous post, I touched on how you can identify users in AD with elevated rights . Now we need to determine if they're really necessary. Step 2: Identifying what rights are needed for the job. I can't begin to tell you how many companies that I've talked with who give out Domain Admin rights like candy. I've seen Sr. Admins with it, I've seen Jr. Admins with it, heck I've seen Help...
    • 3 Feb 2017

    Securing your Active Directory Environment from the Inside Out. (Part 1)

    In speaking with a lot of my customers, the topic of "How can I better secure my Active Directory environment ?" always seems to come up. There are several ways to answer this question, but today I want to focus on the one that seems to be overlooked most often: privileged user accounts. I've always compared privileged users to teenagers. Can you really trust that they're using the best judgement?...
    • 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...
    • 13 Dec 2016

    Storage Groups – The Next Weapon In Your Arsenal For Data Protection

    Storage Groups: Your Next Data Protection Bullet OK – so you may now have an awesome data deduplication appliance in your environment. Using it gives you the peace of mind that data can be quickly backed up and recovered. But what ...
    • 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”...
    • 1 Dec 2016

    Performance Monitoring from Spotlight Cloud

    The Spotlight Cloud services lets you monitor your servers on the web and mobile devices. It also analyzes your server performance data and gives health checks on your servers, evaluates their capacity and provides other insights into their performan...
    • 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

    Purpose Built Backup Appliance (PBBA), Not Your Father’s Backup Repository

    The requirements for data protection continue to evolve with the changing IT environment as well as the need to protect an increasing amount of data. My experience in the area of data protection began in the late 1980’s when the o...
    • 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...
    • 30 Nov 2016

    Eliminate Backup Windows with Rapid Recovery

    Having worked in a Data Center, I’m familiar with the challenges IT Admins face on the daily. From security, networking, to data management and everything in between, it seems there just isn’t enough time in the day to get d...