Quest snaps up Windows tool maker ScriptLogic

Quest Software has devoured ScriptLogic, one of the few remaining independent providers of Windows desktop and server management tools.

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Small independent Windows systems management vendors are a rare find for IT managers – and this week the list of choices shrunk further with the acquisition of ScriptLogic Corp. by Quest Software Inc.

Quest, which has already acquired dozens of small Windows systems management companies, paid approximately $90 million in cash for the Boca Raton, Fla.-based ScriptLogic.

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Quest makes software that manages applications, databases and Windows messaging and directories. The company has previously acquired high-profile Windows management companies such as Aelita Software Corp. and Vintela Inc.

ScriptLogic also makes management tools for Active Directory, plus Windows desktops and servers. Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., uses Desktop Authority, the ScriptLogic configuration management tool, on 800 seats for desktop management and remote support.

The acquisition may not be cause for alarm for IT managers.

"It will be okay as long as they keep our support team together," said Carlos Coronel, an IT manager at Jones College of Business at the university. Coronel said he would hold off on any worrying until he learns more about what changes might take place.

"We've had good response to our support calls [from ScriptLogic]," Coronel said. "We had Veritas backup, and when Veritas was acquired by Symantec tech, support became harder because it was harder to get to the higher level of technicians."

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