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We performed a comparison between GFI LanGuard and Microsoft Configuration Manager based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Patch Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Configuration Manager Report (Updated: January 2024).
757,198 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The most valuable features of GFI LanGuard are the vulnerability assessment, it provides us with substantial insight into what applications are running on the endpoint systems and what vulnerabilities are there in the running applications. The second would be the assets tracking. I'm able to see in the network whether my endpoint server is operating and if all the other IT equipment is running in the environment. Additionally, GFI LanGuard is not heavy on system resources. It gives a competitive advantage over others.""The initial setup was easy.""The most valuable features in GFI LanGuard are patch management and vulnerability assessment.""I like that the solution can block users from unnecessarily putting devices on the network.""The most valuable feature is that I am able to patch third-party solutions.""The solution is easy to use and integrates well with other operating systems.""This product is a great solution at a great price as long as it is only going to be used for a local area network.""It is helpful to patch and scan vulnerabilities."

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"Patching is very effective and reporting is very good.""Technical support was helpful and responsive.""Offers good patching.""This has made the management of our environment easier.""It's helped us solve problems surrounding patching, installing, and reporting different patches, etc., on the virtual machines.""The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to deploy patches to nearly all applications.""Microsoft is being very competitive right now, and they are really investing in a lot of new features to be more competitive in the marketplace.""The most valuable features are application deployment and task-sequenced imaging."

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Cons
"The documentation on how to use this solution in a Linux environment is not clear, which is something that should be improved because it is complicated.""GFI LanGuard could improve the rollback feature. If we have installed the wrong we have had some issues with the rollback function. Additionally, more input from GFI LanGuard for the custom software push install.""This solution is limited to the local area network only and cannot manage remote devices.""GFI LanGuard can improve by adding asset tracking.""GFI LanGuard has some technical limitations with machines.""GFI LanGuard can improve by adding more modules, such as asset control or asset inventory.""The only drawback with GFI LanGuard is that you cannot directly integrate it from the Outlook email; instead, you have to first log in to the site to make changes.""When you want to uninstall software from an endpoint, sometimes it becomes very problematic."

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"I would like to see more automation.""The assets have reached their end-of-life, and patching them is a complex and laborious task. It would be highly advantageous if there were an integrated solution that provided distinct options for each end-of-life asset, streamlining the process and facilitating comprehension.""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.""It would be better if automation options were available. For example, in Nexthink or SysTrack, there is an analytical tool. Creating dashboards would be very easy if you implement the same thing in Microsoft. That report will be a daily cost to the customers and good revenue for our organization. The price also could be better. In the next release, we need to include some features like tables, dashboards, surveys, services, and metrics in the dashboard. Whatever we are implementing will be downloaded by a report. Apart from the report, we will telecast from the dashboard. It's very easy to compare, and it will be easy to telecast to the end-users.""The reports are too busy. They could be simpler. I'm a technician, so I don't care how pretty the reports look. They should be easy to read. I'm designing this for production folks. They need to read the reports quickly when they're patching in the middle of the night.""I would like to see some improvements in WSUS and control of other, non-Microsoft, product updates.""One area of improvement is regarding the patching of Office 365 products. We have some difficulties on this side, and it can be improved.""There's no way to say, "I want this maintenance window to be on the second Tuesday of the month." It's strict. This window is this and that's it. You can't fluctuate."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "GFI LanGuard has very fair pricing compared to other similar solutions out there."
  • "We are a gold partner and we receive favorable discounts. The price of GFI LanGuard is competitive. When you evaluate other solutions, such as ManageEngine."
  • "GFI LanGuard cost approximately $1,000 annually to use the solution."
  • "On a scale of one to five, with one being expensive and five being competitive, I would rate the price as a four."
  • "GFI LanGuard isn't expensive."
  • "I rate the pricing of GFI LanGuard a four out of five."
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  • "Pricing and licensing are horrible. You have to not look at dollar value to use SCCM. It's super-duper expensive but it works. The acquisition cost is expensive, it's labor-intensive. But it works."
  • "Pricing and licensing are a downside of SCCM. It's expensive. I'd have to confirm this, but I think they changed the licensing to core-based instead of socket-based. It's not cheap, because you have to buy the software, you have to buy SQL. Another thing we learned from talking to Microsoft is that they provide you a license for SQL if you run it on the same box as the primary server. If you run it outside that box, you have to buy SQL. Microsoft does recommend you running it on the same box because of performance. But then, in order to run SQL, SCCM, and everything on the same box, you better have some resources. It's an expensive solution. There's no doubt about it."
  • "Overall, I think it's fine. It's pretty much in-line because there are ways to offset it with the Office 365 licensing."
  • "SCCM comes with its own version of SQL Server. If you use that SQL Server with SCCM and don't use it for another applications than you get an SQL Server for free."
  • "The licensing is good because they have various options, depending on what you are looking for."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of GFI LanGuard is its email spam feature.
    Top Answer:The only drawback with GFI LanGuard is that you cannot directly integrate it from the Outlook email; instead, you have to first log in to the site to make changes. Instead of directly white listing or… 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:Microsoft Configuration Manager gives different tools in one solution.
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    Also Known As
    LanGuard
    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM )
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    Overview

    GFI LanGuard enables complete patch management of security and non-security patches to Microsoft operating systems, Mac OS X, major Linux distributions and third-party applications. It can also automate patching for all major web browsers too.

    Microsoft Configuration Manager helps IT manage PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving employees access to corporate applications on the devices that they choose. When Configuration Manager is integrated with Microsoft Intune, you can manage corporate-connected PCs and Macs along with cloud-based mobile devices running Windows, iOS, and Android, all from a single management console.

    New features of Configuration Manager, such as the support of Windows 10 in-place upgrade, co-management with Microsoft Intune, Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise Servicing Dashboard, integration with Windows Update for Business, and more make deploying and managing Windows easier than ever before.

    Sample Customers
    BayView Medical Clinic, FrugalBrothers Software, Zaw, National Theatre, American Red Cross
    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%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company7%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Insurance Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company12%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business75%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Configuration Manager
    January 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: January 2024.
    757,198 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    GFI LanGuard is ranked 9th in Patch Management with 7 reviews while Microsoft Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Patch Management with 29 reviews. GFI LanGuard is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Configuration Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of GFI LanGuard writes "A scalable, competitively priced solution with a good ROI and easy setup process ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Configuration Manager writes "Lets us remotely deploy and manage thousands of devices over the network". GFI LanGuard is most compared with Microsoft Windows Server Update Services, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus, BigFix, Ivanti Patch for Endpoint Manager and Kaseya VSA, whereas Microsoft Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, ManageEngine Endpoint Central, Microsoft Intune, BigFix and Tanium. See our GFI LanGuard vs. Microsoft Configuration Manager report.

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