Posts Tagged ‘Systems Management as a Service

Microsoft’s TechNet EDGE posted a video with quite detailed discussion of Systems Management as a Service concept, example of such a service (Quest OnDemand), how it uses Windows Azure as the underlying technology, the security model behind it, and so on. Obviously a demo is in there as well.

Check out the video here.


A new (free!) service became publicly available on Quest OnDemandQuest 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 locally. Quest web server only supplies the client and Silverlight UI which then run locally on your premised. Thus, it is kind of the best of both worlds: data never leaves the building, but you don’t have to maintain the tool and always run the latest version from any computer you want:

You can read more about this service from this post by Joel.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Last week at Microsoft PDC we launched our Systems Management as a Platform offering with a few of the services going into private beta.

Now you can actually see a quick demo of one of these services and read some of the media coverage.

You can see the product demo if you watch the recording of Kim Cameron’s identity keynote session (the Quest OnDemand demo starts approximately at the 35:00 mark). If you don’t have Silverlight, here are the recording files in downloadable format:

In addition to watching the demo, you might want to read what media had to say about this service:

Network WorldMicrosoft adds identity to cloud

InformationWeek – Quest Launches Cloud Services Based On Microsoft Azure

Lawrence Wilson/SaaS, Cloud Computing and Virtualization Review: Quest Software Offers Software as a Service (SaaS) Windows Management Solutions

Kelly Higgins Jackson/DarkReading: Product Watch: Microsoft Unveils Windows Identity Foundation

Forefront Team Blog: Available now: Windows Identity Foundation for building more secure, simplified access to cloud applications

Read, watch, and sign-up for the beta.

Systems Management as a Service (is there an acronym for this yet?) is finally becoming a reality. Today at Microsoft Professional Developer Conference we have announced beta launch of Quest OnDemand our online IT management services.

This is one of the projects which have been consuming most of my time for the last year so I am extremely excited that we reached this roadmap.

We demoed one of the services – our Active Directory backup and recovery (Quest Recovery Manager OnDemand for Active Directory) – on stage at PDC (will hopefully be able to post a link to the recording in a couple of days) today – and there are 2 more down the line: InTrust OnDemand (event log management) and Site Administrator Reports OnDemand for SharePoint (SharePoint reporting).

We will not be able to let everyone sign up immediately. Instead, if you want to participate, you need to go to the Quest OnDemand web page and fill out the beta nomination survey. After that you will be contacted by our product management and granted access to the beta.

This is a huge step for Quest as a Systems Management company, and in my opinion, a big step forward in cloud computing and SaaS adoption. We hope these services will help a lot of administrators out there manage their IT environments more efficiently and really looking forward to the feedback we get from the beta.

More news to come. Congratulations to the whole team involved in developing and launching this service!

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