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/
I knew one software company that failed their SaaS transition because they
chose to cut a few corners with the operations. Since they were software
engineers, they did not really want to spend time on such mundane tasks as
security, auditing, backups and so on. One day they let a disgruntled
employee go, the guy went to an internet cafe, logged into the hosting
account with the shared admin credentials, and deleted all customer data.
There were no backups or data replicas to bring the data back, no personal
admin accounts or procedures to prevent such an incident from happening, a... (more)
Quest Session at Cloud Expo
A new (free!) service became publicly available on Quest OnDemand - Quest
Site Administrator for SharePoint Reports.
This is a great free service which provides some pretty neat reports on your
intranet SharePoint environment.
You go to the site and it launches a nice Silverlight client.
Then all you need to do is provide a URL of your site collection (e.g.
http://myserver.mydomain.corp/sites/super) and get insight on what is posted
at the site:
What is neat is that no data actually leaves your environment. All stats are
calculated and displayed loca... (more)
I’ve been recently involved helping a new European start-up just launched a
new Platform-as-a-Service capable of running and automatically scaling any
Java application. Here’s a quick write-up on why I think Jelastic is really
onto something, a service to try and a company to watch.
Say, you’ve got a great Java application which you want to put on the
internet and make it available to the world. Believe it or not, up until
today, what sounds like a trivial task simply could not be done. You
effectively had to choose between lack of scalability, necessity to manually
set up and m... (more)
Apache TomEE supported in Jelastic PaaS is a Java EE server, which provides
you with the best technology stack that can be deployed to a simple Java EE
container. It's lightweight and at the same time is a full-blown application
server, which remains simple and avoids architecture overhead. Today you'll
see how easy it is to deploy Java web apps into TomEE. In the following
tutorial you'll learn the basics of web application development with the help
of the Apache Struts framework, which is an absolutely free open-source
solution for creating Java web apps.