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Quest Software’s NDS Migrator Enhanced To Maintain Business Continuity While Moving From Novell To Windows

  • 07 June, 2005 14:06

<p>Quest NDS Migrator 4.0 Offers Automated Resource Updating,
Also Incorporates New Windows SP1 Capabilities</p>
<p>ORLANDO, Fla., June 7, 2005 – Quest Software Inc. (Nasdaq: QSFT), a leading provider of application, database and Windows management solutions, today announced general availability of Quest NDS Migrator version 4.0, enhanced to provide even greater business continuity during migration from Novell NDS to Microsoft Active Directory. New features of the Quest product include automatic resource updating and a built-in graphical user interface for a new capability in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.</p>
<p>“Our customers tell us that one of the biggest challenges in deciding whether to migrate from NDS to Active Directory is deciding how to address system resources that are impacted by the change,” said David Waugh, vice president, Product Management, at Quest. “The prospect of manually re-mapping links and visiting each desktop to update profiles can be daunting. We have addressed this challenge with version 4.0 of Quest NDS Migrator.”</p>
<p>A second major benefit to the new version of NDS Migrator is a graphical user interface for the Microsoft Access Based Enumeration (ABE) capability in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. ABE helps increase security by limiting users’ view of sub-folders below the shared folder to which they are given access. This provides customers migrating from NDS with functionality they have grown accustomed to, and streamlines administration for customers using Windows Server 2003 for file services.</p>
<p>“Quest NDS Migrator saved us valuable time and manpower,” said James Tarala, project manager for the Active Directory migration for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. “Our goal was a seamless, zero-impact migration, and with Quest’s product, it really was. We were
very excited about that.” Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic health care ministry headquartered in Marriottsville, Maryland, provides integrated health care services through over 19,000 caregivers and serves people in 14 communities across nine states, primarily on the East Coast.</p>
<p>New features in NDS Migrator 4.0 include:</p>
<p>• Server-side updating – Automatically update OLE links in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to reflect the new file paths.</p>
<p>• End-user workstation updating – Automatically update end-user desktops so profiles, mapped drives and desktop shortcuts continue to work during and after the migration.</p>
<p>• Clean-up options support – Automatically remove the Novell Client from end-user desktops.</p>
<p>"Microsoft is working closely with vendor partners like Quest to create a smooth transition plan for customers migrating their networks from Novell NDS to Windows Server 2003 and Active Directory," said Ryan Gavin, director of Platform Strategy at Microsoft. "The Quest NDS Migrator reduces the cost and complexity of the migration process, making it easier for customers to take advantage of Microsoft's reliable server platform and road map."</p>
<p>About Quest Windows Management
Quest Software, Microsoft’s 2004 Global Independent Software Vendor Partner of the Year, provides solutions that simplify, automate and secure Active Directory, Exchange and Windows environments. Quest’s Windows Management products deliver comprehensive capabilities for secure Windows management and migration. For more information on Quest Software’s Windows Management solutions, please visit www.quest.com/microsoft.</p>
<p>About Quest Software, Inc.
Quest Software, Inc. delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases and infrastructure. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 18,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest Software, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., can be found in offices around the globe including Melbourne and Sydney and at www.quest.com.</p>
<p>Quest and Quest Software are registered trademarks of Quest Software, Inc. The Quest Software logo and all other Quest Software product or service names and slogans are registered trademarks or trademarks of Quest Software, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Forward Looking Statements
This release may include predictions, estimates and other information that might be considered forward-looking statements, including statements concerning the availability and market acceptance of the Quest NDS Migrator. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ from those anticipated as a result of various factors, including the impact of economic conditions on our customers, variations in the size and timing of customer orders; competitive products and pricing; rapid technological change; risks associated with the development and market acceptance of new products; disruptions caused by acquisitions of companies and/or technologies including risks relating to integration of the combined companies; risks associated with international operations; and the need to attract and retain qualified personnel. For a discussion of these and other related risks, please refer to our recent SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and the Current Report on 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date thereof.</p>
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