ManageEngine Endpoint Central vs Microsoft Configuration Manager comparison


Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive SummaryUpdated on Mar 31, 2022

Categories and Ranking

ManageEngine Endpoint Central
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Client Desktop Management (1st), Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) (4th), Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) (3rd)
Microsoft Configuration Man...
Average Rating
Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
Server Monitoring (2nd), Configuration Management (2nd), Patch Management (1st)

Market share comparison

As of June 2024, in the Client Desktop Management category, the market share of ManageEngine Endpoint Central is 50.0% and it increased by 75.0% compared to the previous year. The market share of Microsoft Configuration Manager is 450.0% and it decreased by 43.2% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Client Desktop Management
Unique Categories:
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM)
Server Monitoring
Configuration Management

Q&A Highlights


Featured Reviews

Jan 17, 2023
Easy to learn with many features and remote management capabilities
I don't know if it's ManageEngine fault or not. However, most of their agents that are being used for scanning endpoints and implementing software, and getting interaction from the ManageEngine platform are usually blocked by default by Windows Defender or other security products. Users may run into conflicts with other antivirus or firewall solutions. It requires manual intervention so that users do not receive false positives. You need to manually tell some systems, "this agent is not malware, don't block it." It might be helpful if they offered a simpler way to use the OS deployment function. It's a bit complicated for most of the customers. You have to take some time and create a customized image. Maybe if they had a repository where you can store a Windows image and auto-deploy it, with not so many parameters on how to deploy it, or where to deploy it would be easier. It's overcomplicated for what it is used for.
Trevor Watkins - PeerSpot reviewer
Jan 24, 2023
Helps us with deploying monthly security updates to our servers
We use this solution for software updates, patching, and application installs. We're using the current version. This solution is deployed on-premises, but we also deploy it on the cloud. About four or five people use this solution in my organization. We have plans to increase usage It helps us…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"I like being able to image over the network. That's a nice feature that it has. Patch management is pretty decent on it as well."
"Its cross-platform capabilities and the ability to do both OS-level patching and third-party patching are valuable. It is difficult to find a software product that will do all that for you out of the box, and you don't have to do any configuration other than your initial setup. Once you do that, there is a very minimalistic approach to getting it operational. You can have it up and running within a 20-minute time span."
"Desktop Central has improved these organizations and this is why it has been repeated multiple times at multiple organizations. If something works and is getting better it is worth repeating."
"The reporting tool is very good."
"The dashboard has been very useful."
"We can scale the product."
"The initial setup process is good."
"The patch manager is good, and it's easy to use."
"The solution is user-friendly and easy to learn."
"Microsoft has done a good job with authentication solutions, such as single sign-on, or open authentication."
"We're a Microsoft-centric organization, so we are happy with the integration between products."
"This solution has made life easy with respect to patching, compliance, and OSD."
"The most valuable feature is the graphical-based reports of software updates that have been successful, the ones that have failed, and a summary of where the failures are what security breaches may occur."
"Automation of operating system, application, and update deployments massively reduces IT operations effort."
"It gives us the ability to set up schedules, according to what our security requirements are, to automate the patching of our servers and desktops."
"The initial setup is fairly straightforward."


"It might be helpful if they offered a simpler way to use the OS deployment function. It's a bit complicated for most of the customers."
"ManageEngine Desktop Central is very limited. When you scan your system, it will only recognize Microsoft Windows Defender and BitLocker."
"There are no dynamic changes on web pages and it's lacking visually."
"Computer imaging is powerful but breaks frequently. The reason for this breaking is not clear and requires heavy amounts of attention to keep operational. There is a lot of room for this tool to do more but the reliability of this process should be focused on first to ensure core competencies are being fixed before more features are added."
"The performance sometimes lags a bit because the solution is demanding on system resources."
"It is compatible with the systems such as Windows and Mac but not with Linux systems."
"We would like to see options for deploying Microsoft 365 accounts into Outlook. For now we only can use it to deploy exchange accounts. Also we would like to see an option do decline Windows 7 ESU patches in a bulk."
"Some difficulties with setup for multiple locations."
"This solution should be simpler, and more consistent across modules/sections."
"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 some improvements in WSUS and control of other, non-Microsoft, product updates."
"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."
"I want the system to provide some dependency relations. I would also like to see the relationship between different machines."
"The cost of the product can be improved."
"Based on my experience with SCCM 2016, the main, big issue is not having a good user-friendly environment. It needs much better GUI."
"It would be of benefit if Configuration Manager could be connected/integrated with multiple Microsoft Intune subscriptions rather than just one (the current limit)."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"The solution is very affordable."
"The product is not costly. The product is properly priced, especially for SMBs."
"I have been using the free version and am in the stage where I have to decide if I will proceed with the paid license, or instead choose another product."
"The licensing is very easy to understand and pricing is right for what you get."
"The product is not expensive."
"The pricing is very low, compared to other products. Compared to Intune or SCCM, it's much less. I can say it's a good product for less of a price."
"The initial purchase was around $6,000 or $7,000. We most probably are not on an annual subscription. We bought it, and then we pay for the maintenance. I'm not 100% sure how that's working out."
"Compared to other products, ManageEngine Endpoint Central is a very cheap solution."
"The price of SCCM depends on the size of the organization. The price is competitive."
"The price could be better."
"Overall, I think it's fine. It's pretty much in-line because there are ways to offset it with the Office 365 licensing."
"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."
"There is an annual license needed to use the solution."
"The solution operates on a licensing model that can be expensive."
"Along with buying a license for MECM, we also have to buy a service called CMG (Cloud Management Gateway) which is a virtual machine in the cloud with which you can link your MECM to the Azure tenant so as to manage teleworkers."
"As far as I know, it is an annual operating expense license."
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Answers from the Community

Dec 1, 2021
Dec 1, 2021
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 use the chat feature to speak with any user. In addition, using this product has helped me identify outdated PCs and has been very useful when I have needed to assist with remote control and softwa...
2 out of 5 answers
Nov 23, 2021
My recommendation is to use MS Intune as a solution and you can drop both SCCM and ManageEngine Desktop Central.  Intune is the best solution for managing mobile devices and endpoints. You can also manage your servers but there will be some difficulty in managing on-premises servers. 
Nov 24, 2021
Quest's Unified Endpoint Management - please have a look at this solution: easy to manage, best for mass task deployment, comprehensive and customized reporting.

Top Industries

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Educational Organization
Computer Software Company
Manufacturing Company
Financial Services Firm
Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company

Company Size

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Questions from the Community

How to choose between ManageEngine Desktop Central and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (formerly SCCM)?
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 a...
What do you like most about ManageEngine Endpoint Central?
Well, what we like is that it catch actually a lot of features constantly upgrading. So all the three maybe there there were some features as the tenant on the earliest version. Now it's it's almos...
How does Ansible compare to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (SCCM)?
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 org...
What do you like most about SCCM?
One of the standout features of SCCM is its application management capabilities. It allows us to create packages efficiently and deploy them to specific groups within our network. This streamlined ...

Also Known As

ManageEngine Desktop Central, Desktop Central, ManageEngine Desktop Management MSP
Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM )



Sample Customers

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Strathallan School, BMI Healthcare, Comercial Kywi, First Priority Federal Credit Union, Gerab National Enterprises
Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad