How to choose between ManageEngine Desktop Central and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (formerly SCCM)?

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Janet Staver - PeerSpot reviewer
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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 In addition, using this product has helped me identify outdated PCs and has been very useful when I have needed to assist with remote control and software monitoring. With ManageEngine Desktop Central, I can see what is installed on users’PCs, which is especially helpful for users who have laptops. ManageEngine provides peace of mind for me because it offers exceptional security, which was very important for me when users were forced to work remotely at the start of COVID-19. One downside for me is that ManageEngine doesn’t give me the option to install the agent remotely. And I wish the solution was better for integrating with other solutions. Otherwise, it has excellent performance and is quite reliable.

Regarding Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, I found that amongst all of the features it offers, the reporting tools are one of the best ones to support your environment. It offers package deployment as well as application deployment. Its security management is also excellent at identifying any vulnerabilities so they can be fixed right away. I also really like that Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager accommodates the bandwidth you have available. Moreover, it works well with Windows, it's very stable, and scales well. In addition, I found that it was very easy to implement, with a straightforward set up. The disadvantages of it are that it lacks a good user-friendly environment and needs a much better GUI.

Conclusion: Based on my needs, I chose Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager over ManageEngine Desktop Central because my primary use case was for client and server deployments and software metering, and I felt that it was better suited to address these requirements.

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Nov 25, 2021

The main question is what are you trying to accomplish, what is the end-game from your perspective when it comes to patching, such as: 

- Do you need to meet specific compliance?

- Are you falling behind on the current patch workload?

- Having too many manual processes and trying to automate?

- Security and IT are not connecting?

If you'd like, one of our patch experts will be happy to go over the requirements with you, without any commitment, and help you better define your needs and how they can be met.

Nov 24, 2021

I prefer ManageEngine

Community Manager
Nov 24, 2021

@RAFFAELE LANNA can you please elaborate on why you prefer this product?

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Real User
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.

Community Manager
Nov 24, 2021

@Muhammad Waseem thanks for your answer. Have you used any of the 2 products mentioned in the question?

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Real User
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. 

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