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Pros
"The initial setup is fairly straightforward.""The most valuable feature is the scalability.""We're a Microsoft-centric organization, so we are happy with the integration between products.""The most valuable features are application deployment and task-sequenced imaging.""The solution is stable.""It's a stable product.""We have found the scalability to be quite good.""It's helped us solve problems surrounding patching, installing, and reporting different patches, etc., on the virtual machines."

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"The most important aspect is that we can centrally deploy the updates that are necessary for the organization. It's important.""A valuable feature about this solution is that it enforces an updating and patching process for my applications.""The most valuable feature is its ability to identify which updates are needed on a particular machine.""Setup is very simple and straightforward.""The most valuable features are that it is included with Windows, and it can be driven by Group Policy Objects (GPOs).""The most valuable feature is the decreased level of internet usage by my network.""Downloads critical reports separately."

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Cons
"I want the system to provide some dependency relations. I would also like to see the relationship between different machines.""Its client interface should be more accessible, and the notifications should be more customizable from the console. It should be more user friendly and have some kind of customized notifications so that we can use it on the client side. These are the reasons why we restricted its use only for the server environment and didn't use it on the client side.""In terms of the monitoring, the timeframe it takes to actually report back on the compliance of a device after it has been patched is a bit too long.""One area of improvement is regarding the patching of Office 365 products. We have some difficulties on this side, and it can be improved.""It would be nice to have everything in one place. Now they have Intune for the desktops and SCCM to handle their servers.""There is no asset management package included.""The App to upgrades to the server needs to be improved.""There should probably be better remote support. They should also continue to improve on patch management, patching, and creating or turning products in software into deployable apps."

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"This solution's deployment could be improved. When I was the admin, there were some problems when deploying to clients. Sometimes the policy is not effective. I guess, more on the reliability side, more reliable means working more often with the clients. It could be easier to deploy.""I would like to see support for other operating systems such as Linux.""Could be improved with additional features such as an update alarm.""Some issues with scalability in larger organizations.""Job management and control is an area that is in need of improvement.""The reporting is not as practical as I would like it to be.""Having the ability to group updates by the operating systems would be very helpful."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing is negotiable with Microsoft, depending upon which of their packages you choose."
  • "When you compare this solution with other tools in the market you might actually find a lot of variation in the pricing and that's why people opt for the other tools rather than Microsoft tools."
  • "Its price is okay because it is part of our licensing."
  • "Presently, I am using a free trial version."
  • "We have to pay for a license."
  • "The price model is different for every client."
  • "For enterprises, there is an annual license required to use this solution. The price of the solution could be cheaper. However, this is mostly because of the exchange rate from the dollar to the Nigerian currency."
  • "Its licensing is quite complicated because we are getting the license not only for SCCM but for the full Microsoft package. We don't need to pay for a separate license. We need to have one license that includes everything we need, such as Windows, Microsoft 365, SCCM, encryption, and so on. So, we don't have a specific price for it. Perhaps, it is good that it includes the full suite of licensing of Microsoft. It is expensive, but we are getting a lot of features."
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  • "This product comes included with Windows and can be used free of charge."
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    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager takes knowledge and research to properly configure. The length of time that the set up will take depends on the kind of technical architecture that your… more »
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    ManageEngine Desktop Central is very easy to set up, is scalable, stable, and also has very good patch management. What I like most about ManageEngine is that I can log on to every PC very easily and… more »
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    It is a very well-rounded product. It is a complete package with all the features using which we are able to manage our PCs very efficiently.
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    The most important aspect is that we can centrally deploy the updates that are necessary for the organization. It's important.
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    It's not always easy to set up. Their Local Group Policy works well for the Microsoft environment, however, we need it or other software as well. We've realized that we have to pay. We have to buy… more »
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    We primarily use the solution for internal updates. What happened is that one of our equipment items had a problem with a new Windows update and so we have to uninstall this update. We were looking… more »
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    Also Known As
    System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM
    Windows Server Update Services, Microsoft WSUS, WSUS, Microsoft Software Update Services, Software Update Services, Microsoft SUS, SUS, MS Windows Server Update Services
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    Overview

    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM, formerly SCCM or System Center Configuration Manager) is a software management suite that allows users to manage large numbers of Windows-based computers and servers.

    Configuration Manager features software distribution, operating system deployment, remote control, network protection, security management, patch management, and hardware and software inventory, among other services. It allows you to set configuration and security policies, keep your software up-to-date, and monitor your system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on whatever devices they choose.

    Configuration Manager allows you to manage computers using macOS, Windows UNIX, or Linux, and mobile devices running iOS, Windows, or Android operating systems. It can be integrated with Microsoft Intune, allowing you to manage computers connected to a corporate network.

    With Configuration Manager, you can manage PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on the devices that they choose.

    Benefits and Features

    • Proactively manage all device life cycles, starting from purchase all the way to retirement.
    • Automatically deploy software as well as printers to devices, using a common software library.
    • Deploy upgrades and patches to your operating system.
    • Ensure that all devices are patched, encrypted, and secured in compliance with security best practices.
    • Provide mobile device management functionality, which includes the ability to reboot and/or lock devices remotely.
    • Provide end users with “self-service” so that they can update machines when it is convenient for them.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    Users of MECM like that it is stable and flexible. Patching is one of its most useful features, although users cite many other features as useful as well. One user stated that "It does what you need it to do, and it's a one-stop-shop for the company and for all your deployments." Overall, “the entire solution, from end to end, is excellent.

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables information technology administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates. You can use WSUS to fully manage the distribution of updates that are released through Microsoft Update to computers on your network. This topic provides an overview of this server role and more information about how to deploy and maintain WSUS.

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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
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    Insurance Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government9%
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    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Patch Management with 33 reviews while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is ranked 6th in Patch Management with 7 reviews. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager writes "A stable systems management software product with useful package deployment and application deployment features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Windows Server Update Services writes "Stable with good patching and good internal updating". Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, BigFix, ManageEngine Desktop Central, Ivanti Patch for Windows and Quest KACE Systems Management, whereas Microsoft Windows Server Update Services is most compared with BigFix, Ivanti Patch for Windows, Quest KACE Systems Management, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus and Kaseya VSA. See our Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services report.

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