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Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise
July 2022
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Pros
"We're a Microsoft-centric organization, so we are happy with the integration between products.""It uses detailed descriptions of the workstations, and that is good for me.""It's helped us solve problems surrounding patching, installing, and reporting different patches, etc., on the virtual machines.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is the availability of being able to manage the Microsoft estate. It handles many areas, such as asset management and tracking.""The scalability to deploy the package.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is patch management.""Patching is very effective and reporting is very good.""The major features of this product are the reporting tools. The most valuable features are package deployment and application deployment. Security management is also good because any vulnerability will be identified, and you can fix it. It's the best tool because you never know what kind of client you will have. For example, you may have your offices in low bandwidth remote areas. But it's achievable because it accommodates the bandwidth that you have available. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is an excellent reporting tool for your environment. If you want to know the details about the hardware configuration, software configuration, what is causing a problem, or when a new feature update comes in for Windows, even that goes on SCCM itself. A lot of deployment stuff."

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"The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features.""Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.""The versatility is great."

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Cons
"It would be nice to have everything in one place. Now they have Intune for the desktops and SCCM to handle their servers.""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.""Devices like smartphones and tablets are managed very well on VMware, however, they are absent in SCCM. I could configure iPad from the VMware site and it was done very easily. It should be just as possible on SCCM.""The database should be made to be more stable and robust, but not so much the configuration.""Could do with some cosmetic improvements on the user interface.""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.""There is no asset management package included.""SCCM can improve on third-party application support."

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"There's a lot of scope for enhancement on the DevSecOps side. They should definitely include features for compliance, for both the Linux and Windows side of the devices, as well as for network devices. Compliance is something they need to work on.""The solution has really complex code, you have to understand the Ruby language. However, once you know the code then you can move ahead without any problems.""It's a bit of a pain point to make sure that everything works once we've upgraded it because Puppet has been evolving pretty fast."

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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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  • "The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive."
  • "Depending on the size of the organization there is a point when the price of Puppet Enterprise should be lower. However, they provide really good functionality, features, and capabilities."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 SCCM is the application distribution.
    Top Answer:Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.
    Top Answer:Puppet was a good product; we used it when we had 200 VMs. When we tried to add Windows servers to it, that's when we realized the price nearly doubled for us because we also have around 200 Windows… more »
    Top Answer:The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive. We work in the education… more »
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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.

    Puppet Data Center Automation helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With our software, businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices, across physical and virtual machines, on prem or in the cloud.

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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
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, GitHub, IP Commerce, Cedexis, Spiceworks, Server Density, Swisstopo, Chockstone, Constant Contact, NICS, Citrix
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Insurance Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government9%
    Company Size
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise30%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 38 reviews while Puppet Enterprise is ranked 9th in Configuration Management with 3 reviews. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.2, while Puppet Enterprise is rated 8.6. 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 Puppet Enterprise writes "A set-it-and-forget-it management solution". Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, ManageEngine Desktop Central, BigFix, Tanium and Ivanti Patch for Windows, whereas Puppet Enterprise is most compared with Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, BigFix, AWS Systems Manager and UrbanCode Deploy. See our Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise report.

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