Quest adds directory mgmt. console, SQL tools

Quest Software is expected to release this week a single console that gives IT managers one interface from which to manage Active Directory, including such tasks as change management, backup, policy administration and user password resets. The company also plans to introduce a suite of tools that let users compare and synchronize the schema, data and server settings of two Microsoft SQL Server environments.

On the directory side, Quest Management Console for Active Directory, based on the Microsoft Management Console, is being offered as a free download. Quest also is updating four of the 12 tools in its suite of Active Directory management products.

Quest InTrust for Active Directory 2.5 has been recast as a management pack for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). Priced at US$12 per user, the software gives MOM information about who made changes and what changes were made to the directory and to group policy objects.

The enhanced Quest Recovery Manager 7.5, which is priced at US$10 per user, now can do backups more frequently. Users also can do distributed creation of backups, a process that uses existing backup infrastructure and technologies such as Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service to optimize recovery.

Quest Group Policy Manager 3.0, which is priced at US$8 per user, comes with new scheduling features for updating group policy objects.

Quest Password Reset Manager 4.0, which is priced at US$7 per user, has new password policies to control self-service password resetting. Reset Manager is expected to ship in July. The other three tools are available.

"What we are not moving to is an uber-product," says David Waugh, vice president of product management for Windows management products. "All of this snaps together."

Quest competes with Bindview, NetIQ and NetPro on management of Microsoft infrastructure.

Quest also introduced Quest Comparison Suite, a trio of new tools to help users manage and keep the database structures of two SQL Server environments in sync. The SchemaCompare tool identifies, scripts and synchronizes schema differences; ServerCompare focuses on server settings and DataCompare keeps the two databases in sync.

The three components are priced at US$399 per server. The individual components cost US$199.

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