With Dell’s acquisition of Quest and all the IT reorganization that
followed, it is actually not that easy to find these two popular free
PowerShell tools any longer. So here are the links that work today (January
The download is freely available from Dell’s PowerGUI community.
The community itself also got moved from http://powergui.org
Dell Software is still maintaining the product – as I am writing this the
latest version is 3.8 released in April 2014.
Quest / QAD cmdlets
This one is a little more tricky to
If this link for some reason changes, all Dell’s freeware and trial links
can be found in this catalog: http://software.dell.com/trials/
Azure Session at Cloud Expo
Pundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against
Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people
off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the
Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008
R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story.
Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange
Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory,
security and so on – now they can.
With the recent changes in the leadership of one of Microsoft’s key
business units – Server and Tools – from Bob Muglia to Satya Nadella one
can’t help speculating what this means for the business unit and how it
will affect Microsoft’s cloud strategy, specifically Windows Azure –
Microsoft’s platform as a service.
Here’s my uneducated guess based on the assumption that given a new task
humans tend to use the same approaches which worked well for them last time,
and that Satya definitely got this post as a recognition for successfully
rolling out Bing and transforming Microsoft’... (more)
It’s probably about time for me to provide a quick overview of what we at
Quest Software are doing in the cloud computing area.
There are two main “cloud” directions for us:
Using the cloud for our own offerings. Enabling public and private clouds.
1. Using Clouds
Using Cloud means providing our products as a service. Most of these efforts
are not public yet, but you can get some of the information on what is coming
if you see the recording of my TechEd session.
Also, Quest has one of the best virtual desktop (VDI) solutions in the market
– vWorkspace. And a growing number of servic... (more)
Security at Cloud Expo
Security and data protection are key concerns for any cloud solution. I truly
believe that this is also one aspect that you cannot just improve over time.
No matter how agile you are security needs to be there by design.
Unfortunately most cloud vendors/SaaS-providers still don’t tell enough
about the way they protect customer data – which we know is a bad idea.
From that perspective you might find this case study which Microsoft has just
posted worth reading: Systems Manager Offers Security-Enhanced, Hosted
Solutions with Programming Framework. The case st... (more)