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Pros
"It uses detailed descriptions of the workstations, and that is good for me.""It's a stable product.""The solution is stable.""Technical support is very helpful and very responsive.""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.""Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is very scalable.""It is easy to install, and quick to deploy.""We are happy with the collaboration of SCCM with Patch My PC, which allows us to do patch work."

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"The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and differentiated tasks that can be automated in SaltStack."

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Cons
"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.""SCCM does not scale well, which is one of the reasons we are not going to continue to use it.""The database should be made to be more stable and robust, but not so much the configuration.""I currently need to increase my compliance level in the patching processes which this solution could improve on.""We'd like the solution to make it easier to manage remote users.""The solution is on-premises. The cloud version of the product, if a person needs to be on the cloud, would be InTune, which already exists as an option. SCCM doesn't need to offer cloud features for this reason.""The configuration of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager could be improved, it is a bit complicated.""The deployment process is lengthy and should be quicker to complete."

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"This solution could be integrated with more hardware for an improved offering."

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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 pricing for this solution is roughly 20% lower than the competitive products in the market."
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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 Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is patch management.
    Top Answer:The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and… more »
    Top Answer:This solution could be integrated with more hardware for an improved offering.
    Top Answer:We have used it for infrastructure management between our hybrid cloud, provisioning and patching, using automation.
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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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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company55%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Cloud Provider9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise60%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise72%
    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.

    Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 38 reviews while SaltStack is ranked 13th in Configuration Management with 1 review. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.2, while SaltStack is rated 8.0. 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 "Orchestration tool that powers automation of processes with the click of a button". Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, BigFix, ManageEngine Desktop Central, Tanium 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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