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Pros
"Systems Manager has a feature where it analyzes the logs and gives us a performance overview in the form of a graph. We know when it's taking up more resources and when there are spikes, so we can predict the usability."

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"We're a Microsoft-centric organization, so we are happy with the integration between products.""The solution is stable.""It is a very good solution. It has a good interface and is easy to use. On top of that, it is very reliable in terms of distribution as well as getting the report.""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 initial setup is fairly straightforward.""Offers good patching.""It is easy to install, and quick to deploy.""Patching is very effective and reporting is very good."

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Cons
"We formerly used third-party products to analyze the log, give us information, and find bottlenecks. Systems Manager could provide more tools that conduct this analysis, so we don't have to do it ourselves."

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"It is a bit of an old and outdated product.""I would like to see more automation.""The downside of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is it's an on-premise-based solution. With the pandemic coming on board the need to support users across the globe has increased. For a while, we would use the in-built Microsoft Teams screen sharing feature but the disadvantage of that is you cannot perform privileged access. Microsoft does not give you access to that. That's where you need cloud-based tools, such as BeyondTrust or Freshservice.""Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager could improve the integration.""Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager can improve by allowing us to schedule the scripts, we don't have a script scheduling option and have to do it manually.""In spite of us being a premier customer we find the support unsatisfactory.""Cloud-based improvements need to be better managed.""They should improve their anti-malware policies like the SCEP policies. For instance, you can't have different policies for different servers, there is only one policy in all the servers, and everything is covered under that. For example, say you want to scan one group of servers on Saturday, and then you want to scan another group of servers on Sunday, you can't do that. You have to scan all your servers, a regular scan or a full scan, on the same day and at the same time. That's definitely one thing they need to resolve. In the next release, it would actually be nice if they included Apple products. It will also help if you can use Intune again. Their compliance reporting feature could also be better. They can maybe work a bit on that for patching now. It would be better if SCCM came with the functions of Right Click Tools built-in. If SCCM would have all those functions already built-in, we won't have to go and spend $5,000, just as an add-in from another company to get those functions."

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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Systems Manager has a feature where it analyzes the logs and gives us a performance overview in the form of a graph. We know when it's taking up more resources and when there are spikes, so we can… more »
    Top Answer:Price is one of the biggest pain points with Services Manager. The pricing shoots up if there's a surge in demand. There needs to be a better alert system for the pricing that sends notifications with… more »
    Top Answer:The automation functions of Systems Manager need improvement. For example, we formerly used third-party products to analyze the log, give us information, and find bottlenecks. Systems Manager could… more »
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer: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 »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is patch management.
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    Also Known As
    Amazon Elastic Container Registry
    System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM
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    Overview

    AWS Systems Manager is a management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, apply OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. These capabilities help you define and track system configurations, prevent drift, and maintain software compliance of your EC2 and on-premises configurations. By providing a management approach that is designed for the scale and agility of the cloud but extends into your on-premises data center, Systems Manager makes it easier for you to seamlessly bridge your existing infrastructure with AWS.

    Systems Manager is easy to use. Simply access Systems Manager from the EC2 Management Console, select the instances you want to manage, and define the management tasks you want to perform. Systems Manager is available now at no cost to manage both your EC2 and on-premises resources.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Media Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Configuration Management
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft, Red Hat, Quest Software and others in Configuration Management. Updated: June 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AWS Systems Manager is ranked 11th in Configuration Management with 1 review while Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 38 reviews. AWS Systems Manager is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of AWS Systems Manager writes "Root cause analysis helps us find source of unexpected spikes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager writes "A stable systems management software product with useful package deployment and application deployment features". AWS Systems Manager is most compared with AWS OpsWorks, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Red Hat Satellite, BigFix and Microsoft Endpoint Manager, whereas Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, BigFix, ManageEngine Desktop Central, Tanium and Jamf Pro.

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