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vCenter Configuration Manager is #5 ranked solution in top Configuration Management tools. PeerSpot users give vCenter Configuration Manager an average rating of 8 out of 10. vCenter Configuration Manager is most commonly compared to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager: vCenter Configuration Manager vs Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 29% of all views.
What is vCenter Configuration Manager?
Automate configuration management across virtual and physical servers, workstations, and desktops.

vCenter Configuration Manager was previously known as vCM.

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Associate Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It is really affordable and we haven't had any stability or scalability issues
Pros and Cons
  • "It is a stable solution."
  • "The technical support could be faster."

What is our primary use case?

We are responsible for the planning stage only, and we gradually do monthly-based monitoring and capacity utilization of the IT infrastructure. Based on our findings, we do some brainstorming to determine if there was an error or if it was due to less processing or storage capacity or memory management, those kind of things. So we use this program to do internal planning, basically.

What is most valuable?

People will purchase this solution because it is cost-effective and it suits ERP or CRM for the virtual environment solution. Azure is currently very popular in India, and some are using VMware on the Microsoft platform or on Red Hat Linux.

I find the vMotion and the DRS very valuable and important, as it is required for any medium or large IT solution for business applications.

What needs improvement?

Customers who want a business solution, should try to implement the IDL based processes for configuration management, patch management, release management and asset management. It will improve the life cycle management of their solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I am very familiar with this program, as I've been using it for almost fourteen years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I believe the program is scalable. We have at least three to four people at each site, depending upon the capacity of the internal users within our organization site.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have support partners with VMware and Microsoft. We give our solutions to the clients based on their requirements, and then we also use the program ourselves. The technical support is not bad. It is good internally for our organization, and we are not facing any problems now. We have not taken platinum support, so our teams that are operating from the client site will have to wait longer to get their problems fixed. That is because every OEM has layers of support for platinum, gold, silver, and those kinds of things.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup wasn't really complex, it's just that the system integrator and the client should sit together and plan the basic things. They should write down in detail how to collect the information of the IT and non-IT comments, as well as data classification, so that those can be populated into the asset as well as the Configuration Management tool, and subsequently the tool can be used in a better way.

Deployment doesn't take that long. If the data is available, it can be configured within three to four days, after certifying the valid data by the customer. Data collection takes up more time and, again, it depends on the customer, whether it is government or private. If it is government, it takes a little more time because some of the departments will be reluctant to share all their data in one go.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is an affordable program, but I don't know what the licensing fees are.

What other advice do I have?

In some cases, we require more from the solution than what is offered. We usually map these things into the Configuration Management tool so that they are taken care of or made available faster. I think this should be a part of the program so that those things could be reflected faster.

On a scale from one to 10, I will rate the program between 8.5 to 9.5 because in India some of the medium-sized business enterprises are not having a flexible IT budget for a configuration management tool. They prefer that the system integrator should buy it from his own pocket.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Datacenter Pre-Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Enables us to monitor our VMs and environment
Pros and Cons
  • "There are a lot of features, but I've found vMotion and VRS most valuable."
  • "There isn't a clear document covering all the errors. It would be helpful if the company provided better documentation for solving issues."

What is our primary use case?

My primary use for vCenter is to manage my hosts and all my VMs via vCenter. I can also monitor my VMs and my environment.

What is most valuable?

There are a lot of features, but I've found vMotion and VRS the most valuable.

What needs improvement?

The main issue I have with vCenter Configuration Manager is that when I have a problem or error, I have to search a lot to get the solution. There isn't a clear document, and in some instances, none at all. There isn't a clear document covering all the errors. It would be helpful if the company provided better documentation for solving issues.

Additionally, I'd like to see more automation features in the next releases. If they could add more automation features to make the configuration and implementation processes easier, that would be good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using vCenter Configuration Manager for about six months. I'm pre-sales but lately my company and I have gotten a new task to go more deeply into technical problems and technical configuration.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is very stable, it's a very good product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Configuration Manager is scalable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was simple.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate a competitor, we only work with VMWare.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of 1 - 10, I would rate it an 8. I would recommend vCenter Configuration Manager to other users.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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IlanBen Shetrit
Solution Architect & Presale at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
The interface is very user-friendly and the solution is simple to use
Pros and Cons
  • "The interface is very user-friendly and the solution is simple to use."
  • "The reporting could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for a client that has an environment with three data centers with 25 hosts per site on each of them. There's also a headquarters in Israel. The solution is used at each center.

What is most valuable?

The interface is very user-friendly and the solution is simple to use.

What needs improvement?

The solution could use an internal cloud service. It should offer a vCloud foundation, but on-premises. For example, a small cloud environment or something that can be built on-premises and not hosted by Microsoft or other big hosting sites. We'd like to use some sort of vCloud to take the risks away from headquarters. The resources would be on-site on the customer side.

The reporting could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using VMware in general for 12-14 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. Our last project was for a company with a workforce of around 10,000 people.

How are customer service and technical support?

As integrators, we often are the technical support for our customers. Their technical support that the solution offers is also good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use another solution. We prefer VMware.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup's difficulty depends on the client's environment. Deployment can be complex or simple, but it depends on the underlying architecture. It can take anywhere from two weeks to one year.

What about the implementation team?

We're integrators, so we handle the implementation for our clients.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model.

We're an integration company.

I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integration Partner
Michael Wilmsen
Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Enables our customers to see which VMs need more resources or are over-committed
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to see which virtual machines need more resources or are over-committed."
  • "It can take a long time for the first information to become available. On the other hand, that's normal. It has to collect a lot of information before it can predict future needs. But it would be nice if there was some kind of base level to get started."

What is our primary use case?

Our clients use it to get real, in-depth information about how the environment is being used; to see if they have to scale up, scale down, scale out.

How has it helped my organization?

Our clients have better knowledge of how they have to provision hardware and when they will need to provision hardware. It makes for more predictable environments. It prevents future problems.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to see which virtual machines need more resources or are over-committed.

What needs improvement?

It can take a long time for the first information to become available. On the other hand, that's normal. It has to collect a lot of information before it can predict future needs. But it would be nice if there was some kind of base level to get started.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is great, in my experience.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is also great. It can scale out as far as you want to go.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My clients already have VMware. In terms of investing in a new solution, most of the time my clients already have problems that they're not aware of, or they feel like they don't have control. That's when I get hired, to see if I have the knowledge, along with the knowledge of the VMware products, that can help them in the future. They don't have the internal knowledge for deploying and configuring all their VMware.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty much straightforward. You just implement an OVA, answer some questions for IP settings and how large the environment is that you want to monitor, and then the install configures itself. You have to configure some plug-ins, but there's no rush on that.

What was our ROI?

ROI depends on the size of the environment. If you have more than 1,000 virtual machines, you should definitely install this type of software. The time to ROI depends on whether you configured a new cluster. In that case, you probably have enough resources, but we want to know how far you can go in your cluster, how many virtual machines you have left, given the space.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a large application. It consumes a lot of resources. Sometimes the price is too high for our customers. If they buy it directly from VMware, its hard to convince the customer that we will bring down the total cost of ownership, in the end.

If they have an SLA, most of the time the solution is included in the license, and it's easier to get it deployed to the customer.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Some of our clients evaluate Nutanix. They go with VMware because it's an enterprise company, and most of my customers are enterprise. They want the full support of an enterprise company. It's supported through all the specs, not only the hardware but all the applications.

What other advice do I have?

You should definitely go for this solution. Without this type of tooling, you're not aware of how your environment is functioning. You don't know if you are over-committed, or if you need to downsize. You get more inside information, and that's always useful.

Disclosure: PeerSpot contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
BeshoyAmin
ICT Professional at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Real User
My primary use case is for migration.
Pros and Cons
  • "It's a very nice solution for our needs."
  • "My primary use case is for migration"
  • "The functions are not running in HTML5."
  • "The interface itself is not very user-friendly."

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case is for migration, to manage my host, if you have three ESXi, more than one ESXi, you need to manage all of them by vCenter.  The jobs that I do with vCenter is the emission and the migration with VMware ESXi.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a management tool.

What is most valuable?

It's a very nice solution for our needs. I like the function in vCenter, you can use it and its mission. You can manage your VMs and use, and move VMs from host to another host, without a long time. It's a nice function for me, if I needed to update a host.

What needs improvement?

The functions are not running in HTML 5, this is a problem. In addition, the interface itself is not very user-friendly. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are no issues with the stability of the product. 

How is customer service and technical support?

I do not necessarily use technical support. If I have a problem in vCenter, I use tertial line and then how to absorb it and then VMware has many curtains about this.

How was the initial setup?

It is a very easy setup. The first time I used it, I set it up in Windows. I have deployed it in a prior employment, too. It was just as easy there, too. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I am not knowledgeable with the pricing of the product. 

What other advice do I have?

It's the best definition for our virtual environments, especially if you're using a VMware product.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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