• 27 Jul 2017

    Refine Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Alarms Using Key Values

    In a previous post, I explained how to customize alarms in Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise. Recently, I had a customer inquire how he could refine the "Days Since Last Full Backup" alarm. He wanted to be able to exclude specific databases, but specify different thresholds for different databases. For example, user databases are backed up every 3 days, but system databases are backed up every 10 days. How...
    • 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...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    Making Dashboards Available to non-Foglight Users

    Some users only require simple access to Foglight dashboards, ideally being able to skip the logon step. The NoLoginUser was designed to allow the passing of a dashboard id via URL, and bypass the login step. This should only be used on Foglight Management Server version 5.7.5.6 and lower. An easier, more secure and more scalable solution was introduced in 5.7.5.7 in February 2017. WARNING - This NoLoginUser feature...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    How to fight back against ransomware

    DisasterRecoveryLady here; did you miss me? The year’s only half over, and we’ve already seen a ton of ransomware and viruses being spread through email. What’s worse, the attacks keep getting more sophisticated! For example, the Verge reported in May that Google Docs users were targeted in a phishing scheme that sends them an email invitation from someone they may know. Clicking on the link takes them...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    Logging in Litespeed

    Although we don't like to think about our backups and restores going wrong, there are times when things just sometimes don't work as planned, and if it's not something that is easy to troubleshoot, you may find yourself raising a support case to help fix the issue. One of the things that is most helpful to assist with troubleshooting, is an ' Advanced Engine Log '. This is a verbose log file, which...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    “Pimp Your Ride” with Foglight Custom Dashboards

    Merriam-Webster defines ‘Custom’ as made or performed according to personal order. Tailored, fitted, personalized…or ‘pimped out’, slang meaning something is modified to extreme performance. There was a television serie...
    • 21 Jul 2017

    Quest VROOM at Microsoft Inspire

    Quest VROOM at Microsoft Inspire Quest VROOM@Microsoft Inspire last week: Quest Data Protection & Quest Microsoft Platform Management attended biggest MSFT Partner Conference "Inspire" last week. One BIG THING stood out: Partners came in crowds & were excited to see the NEXT BIG THING: VROOM. The demo station was expected to flip around between many products, however VROOM was requested nearly all...
    • 21 Jul 2017

    SharePlex and Jim Clark, the best of the best!

    For those of you who don’t know me. I love racing. I love Formula 1 racing and even more so I love the “Golden Age” of Formula 1 racing before all the electronics and ground effects. Back when it was driver against driver and you had to know how to drift through a turn at full throttle. Jim Clark was one of those drivers. He was born with the natural ability to control a race car through any type of...
    • 21 Jul 2017

    Meet Our Experts! The Voices behind @QuestExperts on Twitter: Nicola Flucke

    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 – Nicola Flucke. Support Engineer for Foglight. Tell us a little about yourself: I am a senior technical support engineer for Foglight. I am the only...
    • 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...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Bungled access control spills data on 200 million Americans. Maybe you?

    Once again, let’s all learn the lesson about improper access control being at the root of yet another information leak, shall we? As reported by the BBC and many others, the personal data of 200 million U.S. citizens was accidentally exposed online due to an improperly configured security setting. Here’s my favorite comment/quote from the story: "Since this event has come to our attention, we...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Meet Our Experts! The Voices behind @QuestExperts on Twitter: Sandi Kohlhorst

    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 – Sandi Kohlhorst. Product Specialist for Active Administrator When did you begin your career in technology? I graduated from Florida Atlantic University...