I work for a K-12 education school district and we have use Novell's Zenworks for years. Last year we made the move to ZCM 10 and now recently upgraded to ZCM 11. We are having so many problems with ZCM that we have decided to start looking for alternatives. We do have AD and know we can deploy some software with GPO, but we have so many old apps that are not in msi form that it doesn't work for most of our needs. We would also need a easy way for users (students really) to select and launch an app. (We use the Zenworks Application Window now for that), managing apps for Macs would be a big plus as we are replacing more and more PCs with Macs.

I was hoping I could get some recommendations from the users here. A Google search doesn't seem to bring up many choices other than MS SCCM.

Thank You!
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Have you had a look at Dell KACE? This site is affiliated with KACE, see the 'Dell KACE' tab at the very top of this page.

I've not had any dealings with the solution myself, but there are separate fora on this site specifically for their systems/solutions.

Might be worth having a look and posting a similar question in one of their boards - I get the feeling that many KACE people stick to their own fora - so they may not have seen your post here.

Oh, and they appear to support Windows, Mac, Linux and Virtual Machines.

Hope that helps,

Answered 10/10/2011 by: dunnpy
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I wonder why you dumped ZENworks? It's one of the most powerful distribution systems out there. Altiris deployment Solution also has it atvantages, but with SCCM 2012 "just around the corner", that might be the way to go.
Answered 10/10/2011 by: Matias M Andersen
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I sent you an email, I think you should look at VMware ThinApp. You don't have to change your environment and you don't need some costly backend infrustructure for a school that does not have load of PC's and you will want maintain them with easy and less administrtation.

Answered 10/10/2011 by: MPA2012
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