Quest Software (my employer) has just acquired NetPro Computing. Quest and NetPro have been two undisputed leaders in Active Directory management so I guess the acquisition makes sense, but let’s just look at the PowerShell aspect of the merger.
Quest is pretty well-known in the PowerShell part of the Universe for the PowerGUI admin console/IDE and AD cmdlets. It is also PowerShell-enabling its commercial apps (e.g. Recovery Managers for AD and Exchange) and providing enterprise capabilities (workflows, auditing, rules, roles, etc.) for PowerShell-based AD management.
NetPro has also got into PowerShell recently. They have announced a free software tool extending Active Directory Users & Computers (ADUC) snapin with PowerShell scripts and a community site by Don Jones to provide free repository of such scripts for AD management (see press release here).
And of course NetPro is the host of the Directory Experts Conference (DEC) – now called The Experts Conference – which is the conference to attend if you are into AD, ILM, ADFS or any other Microsoft-centric Identity Management technology. DEC 2007 by the way was one of the first places where AD cmdlets were demonstrated (by Richard in his session on PowerShell and AD). Actually my first reaction to the official announcement was the same as Jackson’s: here’s a chance to get a speaking slot at DEC!