Hi all...

We are currently assessing the value of implementing SMS 2003 or Altiris Systems Management Suite 6 in our IT organization and would appreciate some unbiased opinions and/or comparisons from people in the field with experience using one or both of these products.


Any feedback would be appreciated!
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I haven't used Altiris in 3 years. However, their suite as of 3 years ago was superior to what SMS 2003 is now as far as software distribution, systems deployment (compared to SMS OSD), and ease of administration goes. If money not an object, and plan on heavy deployment activity, bank on Altiris.

I suspect SMS is more scalable, though...
Answered 03/12/2006 by: revizor
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If your environment is relatively simple then SMS 2003 isn't that bad. What I mean by simple is that it looks like the standard MS Active Directory environment with not a lot of different elements or requirements. Otherwise Altiris is probably the better solution. However, long term I think MS is always the best solution. Why? Because Altiris is probably better right now but in a year or 2 MS will have something different and better and I bet migrating from SMS to the new SMS would be easier than from another product. My response may add some confusion but it's something to think about!
Answered 03/13/2006 by: yarborg
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