Quest Software's ERDisk Recovery Product Now Plugs into Quest Central for Microsoft

Microsoft TechED 2004
SAN DIEGO--()--May 26, 2004--

  New version 2.0 of Quest Central for Microsoft Administrative Workbench Includes Enhanced Functionality, New Plug-in Capability with Quest's ERDisk Product  

Quest Software (Nasdaq:QSFT), a leading provider of application, database and Windows management solutions, today announced an enhanced version of its Quest Central for Microsoft administrative workbench that includes a plug-in capability for Quest's ERDisk(TM) product, formerly known as Aelita ERDisk. This marks the first technical integration between an existing Quest Software product and a product gained in the company's recent acquisition of Aelita Software. The Quest Central for Microsoft workbench is available at no charge, and ERDisk is the newest of what will be a comprehensive selection of plug-in solutions that administrators can license to extend the value of the workbench. The announcement was made from Microsoft TechEd 2004.

"ERDisk is a widely used solution for recovering System State in remote Windows servers and workstations in a matter of minutes, and the ability to launch this popular product from the Quest Central for Microsoft console will further enhance its value," said Bill Evans, director, Windows solutions, Windows Management, Quest Software. "When Quest Software acquired the people and products of Aelita Software, we promised greater integration in terms of user interfaces and streamlined functionality - this is the first realization of that goal."

ERDisk creates System State backups for collections of Windows NT, 2000, XP and Server 2003 computers remotely and across an entire network. Repair data is collected efficiently and can be stored centrally on a secure file server. ERDisk then helps Windows administrators recover quickly from configuration-related problems or unbootable systems, providing accurate, automated backups and the ability to recover remote systems from a central console.

In addition to the ability to launch ERDisk, Quest Central for Microsoft 2.0 now supports even more Active Directory objects, giving administrators and help desk staff the ability to create and manage contacts, containers, computers, organizational units (OUs), printers and shared folders, as well as users and groups. Quest Central for Microsoft version 2.0 also allows administrators to further extend the console's value by incorporating custom tools of their choice, which will then appear under the "Tools" menu provided with Quest Central for Microsoft.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for ERDisk starts at $179 U.S. per server and/or $39 U.S. per workstation. For more information about ERDisk, and to download the software, visit The Quest Central for Microsoft console can be downloaded at no charge at

The Quest Central Workbench

Quest Central is an administrative workbench designed to deliver the day-to-day tools IT professionals need to improve the performance and availability of their critical systems. Quest Central improves productivity by helping IT professionals complete their daily tasks through a common management console. In addition to Quest Central for Microsoft, Quest also offers Quest Central workbenches for multi-platform database environments including Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server.

About Quest Windows Management

Quest Software, now including the people and products of Aelita Software, provides solutions that simplify, automate and secure Active Directory, Exchange and Windows environments. The Quest Windows Management group delivers comprehensive capabilities for secure Windows management and migration. For more information on Quest Software's Windows Management group, please visit

About Quest Software, Inc.

Quest Software, Inc. provides software for Application Confidence to 18,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500. Quest products for application, database and Windows management help customers develop, deploy, manage and maintain the IT enterprise without expensive downtime or business interruption. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at

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. Microsoft, Windows, Exchange and Active Directory are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Forward Looking Statements

This release may include predictions, estimates and other information that might be considered forward-looking statements, including statements relating to the availability and market acceptance of Quest Central for Microsoft and ERDisk. 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; 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, 2003 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2004. 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.


Quest Software, Inc.
Carrie Reber, 614-336-9223, Ext. 760


Quest Software, Inc.
Carrie Reber, 614-336-9223, Ext. 760