First, the Good News
I really like the free SQL Server utility from Quest Software, nicknamed “Disco”, that enables you to discover and inventory all versions and editions of Microsoft SQL Server from the mid-1990′s onward. You can see what it does at http://questkb.com/category/sqlserver/discovery-wizard/.
I’ve had a lot of customers who have faced the challenge of bringing an unwieldy and chaotically growing SQL Server infrastructure to heel. It can be really daunting in a big enterprise trying to find all of the SQL Servers tucked behind third-party applications, Microsoft products like Sharepoint, and various tools that use SQL Server as its data repository.
If you’ve never seen Disco, take a look at it in action here: http://www.quest.com/discovery-wizard-for-sql-server/.
Now, the Bad News
I’m hearing rumors inside of Quest that Disco may be heading towards the great product dustbin in the sky. Me no likey!
If Disco is a tool you use and enjoy, or it’s a tool you would like to use and enjoy in the future, then please post a comment here and/or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org voicing your support for Disco. I’d like to see Quest keep this product free and supported, now and in the future.
What do you think?