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Pros
"It lets you know what your infrastructure is like and what state you are in.""The most valuable feature is the scalability.""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.""The product is useful for patch management.""The solution is stable.""It's helped us solve problems surrounding patching, installing, and reporting different patches, etc., on the virtual machines.""SCCM is a stable solution.""Offers good patching."

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"SaltStack has given us the ability to deal with systems at scale and rectify issues at scale."

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Cons
"Could do with some cosmetic improvements on the user interface.""SCCM does not scale well, which is one of the reasons we are not going to continue to use it.""I would like to see more automation.""The App to upgrades to the server needs to be improved.""The analysis is something that can be integrated. Their report analysis can be improved a little bit due to the fact that most of the time complaints policies are saved by the admins. It's something that we need to look into and search for.""With Microsoft Premier Support, you get what you pay for. There's Third Tier Support that you pay for. If you pay for that, you get excellent support, and if you don't pay for that, then you get the less experienced staff.""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 We have some difficulties on this side, and it can be improved.""It is a bit of an old and outdated product."

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"There is a little bit of pain when it comes to libraries and what is needed to run the product."

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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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    Also Known As
    System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM
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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.

    SaltStack is an intelligent IT automation platform that can manage, secure, and optimize any infrastructure—on-prem, in the cloud, or at the edge. It’s built on a unique and powerful event-driven automation engine that detects events in any system and reacts intelligently to them, making it an extremely effective solution for managing large, complex environments. And with the newly launched SecOps offering, SaltStack can detect security vulnerabilities and non-compliant, mis-configured systems. As soon as an issue is detected, this powerful automation helps you and your team remediate it, keeping your infrastructure securely configured, compliant, and up-to-date.

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    Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
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    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 33 reviews while SaltStack is ranked 7th in Configuration Management with 1 review. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.0, while SaltStack is rated 10.0. 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 SaltStack writes "Easily identify and manage compliance and vulnerability issues in a single, centralized view". Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, BigFix, ManageEngine Desktop Central, Ivanti Patch for Windows and Kaseya VSA, whereas SaltStack is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, HashiCorp Terraform, BigFix and AWS Systems Manager.

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