Quest Offers FastLane DM/Manager for Free
- By Scott Bekker
In an attempt to get users to migrate to Windows 2000,
Quest Software Inc. is offering a migration product for free.
“We’re going to give our product away for free for the
first twelve month of this year,” says David Waugh, vice president of product marketing,
Microsoft Solutions for Quest Software. He hopes that armed with new tools,
administrators will be eager to deploy Windows 2000. Waugh says that the cost
of Windows 2000 migration tools is keeping some users from migrating.
“The market is slow to migrate to Windows 2000 and
Exchange 2000,” Waugh says. Quest hopes to create customers by getting users
moved to Windows 2000.
Waugh also hopes the promotion will generate interest
for other Quest products.
In addition to an improved price point, DM/Manager 5.5
also offers new features from previous versions. The new Migration Guide
simplifies migration of users and groups to Active Directory, with its
step-by-step interface. Quest improved support for SQL Server migration and
remote migration tracking. It now integrates with the Active Directory
Connector, adding Exchange 2000 features. Finally, the Migration Mapping
Technology console was added, giving administrators the ability to consolidate
data from a variety of sources.
Users can register and download DM/Manager 5.5 at the
Quest website from now until June 30tht. “You have twelve months to
migrate as many users as you can to Windows 2000,” Waugh says. The promotional
licenses expire at the end of the year.
Quest bought FastLane Technologies last year,
integrating FastLane properties into the product line. Waugh says that when
FastLane was an independent company, it was inconceivable that it would give
away a product like this. “Now that FastLane is a part of Quest, we have an
opportunity to take risks like this,” he says.
About the Author
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.