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Dell KACE K1000, of course. Empirum from Matrix42!
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  • Hello everyone,
    I had success in KACE with K1000 and K2000 in 5Country I thinks this software is best!!
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...kace of course.
Answered 03/22/2012 by: nwhistler
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  • I have had success in the past with MS SMS (now called SCCM) moving to SCCM 2012 in May

    Really like the software metering
    • Agree! Though I do not have experience with KACE, but I do have with both LANDesk and SCCM. I believe SCCM wins the battle, no doubt. Maybe LANDesk is sometimes cheaper, but that depends on your environment. Take a look at http://www.itexperience.net/2013/03/06/sccm-2012-vs-landesk-9-0-sp3-the-other-story-2/ for a comparison from the administrator's view.
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I prefer the Kace solution over the others I've seen due to ease of setup and maintenance.
Answered 03/22/2012 by: ckubaska
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KACE has worked really well for us. Honestly, I haven't worked with a lot of the others, but KACE is fairly simple to set up and maintain.
Answered 03/23/2012 by: WGM_Jeff
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SCCM, albeight powerful is not recommended for small and medium sized organizations. It's best put to use in huge environments.
Answered 03/23/2012 by: Ifan
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  • I agree on the huge environments, but want to add that the infrastructure complexity should keep to minimum.
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As mentioned in comments... I have used ZCM in a medium sized infrastructure (1500 nodes in multiple locations) and SCCM in a larger infrastructure (8.5k nodes).

Honestly ZCM is WAAAAAAY better as a software deployment tool. It is insanely powerful and surprisingly simple and easy to use, very user friendly.

SCCM is extremely complex, at least 3-4 objects to deploy 1 simple piece of software vs ZCM's 1. SCCM does have beer bandwidth management with MS bits technology though. ZCM's main drawback is bandwidth management... there really isn't any (as of 10.x), except for satellite servers (these are very nice and powerful though) which does not help outside of the local network.
Answered 03/26/2012 by: dandirk
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  • Nice to see that ZCM still has ground!
    I just had the idea that ZCM is also strong with large infrastructures, the down site is the price of the product.
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We are using Empirum...a very good solution for systems management. Currently maintaining approx. 550 Clients with that solution
Answered 03/23/2012 by: Bjoern
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  • I agree!
  • I am an Empirum user from 2005! Windows 7 rollout is quick and easy, easier then SCCM which I also have experiences. It's a German product from Matrix42 which is flexible and easy to manage. We now manage 600 Client over 6 locations with Subdepot servers to unburden the WAN connections.
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We use a product made by ScriptLogic Called Desktop Authority. Settings can be applied based on very complex validation logic. This product has saved us a ton of time. Scriptlogic is owned by Quest who is in the process of going private. I've heard rumors that dell could be interested in buying them. If dell did i'd be curious to see if they tried to add in the capabilites of Desktop Authority to the Kace appliances. It may not be as powerfull as SCCM but it also does not cost nearly as much
Answered 03/23/2012 by: shigbee
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I have Used multiple systems but I like the Kace Kbox the most. It is very powerful and can do most things you need it to do. With labels and custom reports and rules the sky is the limit.
Answered 03/23/2012 by: ohiosoundguy
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LANDesk is real good, but the best part is they are a relatively small company. Their tech staff are real knowledgeable and in 1st, 2nd and 3rd work together pretty closely so finding an answer usually comes pretty quick. They also treat their customers well and want to work with you to make the best product. The forums are also really good and you can get a lot of great advice. not to mention the app itself is pretty easy to get to know and use but at the same time its pretty powerful with all the tools you need and then some. I've been an SMS 2.0/2003 admin, LANDesk admin and worked with SCCM and I found LANDesk was an equal. Mind you, I would likely use SCCM over LANDesk in a larger enterprise type of environment.
Answered 03/23/2012 by: jmaclaurin
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Capainstaller - http://www.capasystems.com - Has tons of features and fairly easy to use.
Answered 03/23/2012 by: Erroneus
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  • Also, has around 7k clients on it and maybe are going to pass 10k this year.
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What's the best tool? This question is really broad and hard to answer. What's the best tool for what? Software distribution? Software management? Asset management? Licensing? For what size company? How many nodes do you have off your network and for what period of time? More details will help folks here answer with more than their preferences. There are a couple that qualify their answers but that only helps a little bit.
Answered 03/26/2012 by: Arminius
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I'm currently using Dell KACE, SCCM 2007, and Absolute Manage.

KACE is by far the easiest to setup, however I believe it lacks in the criteria for creating groups/smart groups. SCCM offers much more criteria which is necessary in our environment.

SCCM is very good i prefer it the most very easy to setup Windows updates and create third party packages. Microsoft has really stepped up in SCCM 2012 i've been testing that and love it.

I prefer Absolute manage for deploying updates and packages to MAC's
Answered 03/27/2012 by: PatchMyPC
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It really depends on the needs of your organization and its size.

I manage a network of around 175 computers & servers and have used the KBOX 1000 for the last few years. I feel it is the best product by far for small & medium sized companies.

I looked into other products, but they were all either more expensive, way harder to use, or missing required features. I wanted 1 product to handle inventory, software distribution, and patching.
Answered 03/22/2012 by: Thomas.Babcock
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We use DSM7 (Frontrange)

Answered 04/12/2012 by: Koblenz
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We use ZENworks Configuration Management 11.2 for Application deployment and Workstation Management.
Answered 03/26/2012 by: aslanr
White Belt

  • I personally feel for medium business, ZCM is an AWESOME tool. I moved from a ZCM to SCCM shop and constantly am frustrated with the deployment limitations of SCCM.
    Also the largest failure rates are always caused by the SCCM client itself, ZCM we never had nearly as many client issues during each deployment.
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I recommend SCCM and it is among the best enterprise system management tools in the market. If you are a SME business, i recommend LANDesk. I have been using SCCM and satisfied with its performance : -)
Answered 03/26/2012 by: SKRN
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frontrage DSM - formerly known as enteo. formerly known as NetInstall.
interesting features, but the whole system's buggy as hell x(
Answered 03/26/2012 by: gYmpi
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I think there is no "best" solution.
The questions you have to ask yourself is what you know and how much change is worth the money/effort for the company.

I know Zenworks, they had Altiris.
Now use SCCM, and the motivation was money.
In the end I really wonder if money was saved or lost, but nobody would never admit a lose of course.

My personal vote goes to Zenworks!
Doesn't anybody have a list of favorite functions ?
Answered 01/19/2015 by: dedenker
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My experience of SMS and later SCCM is that it is a badly flawed tool with poor performance and limited diagnostics. I agree that the client is often the culprit.  Never seen these issues with Altiris deployment tools which are pretty fast as is the operating system deployment. Not convinced that Symantec will continue to invest as much in the tool as Altiris did.
Answered 01/20/2015 by: EdT
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Lots of votes for the market leaders...
I have a lot of experience with LANDesk and SCCM 2007/2012, then Altiris, Marimba, Tivoli and Zenworks. Also a couple of bespoke tools written to mimic SCCM (ironically).

I like the simple reliability of LANDesk, it used to be a lot cheaper than SCCM. I don't really know why but a lot of my clients are going with SCCM, they are being 'sold it', but in reality, could probably do with a smaller simpler and cheaper tool. But Microsoft are doing some good deals so its not too bad price wise (but I'm glad I am not paying for it).

On a positive side for SCCM 2012, the client, yes is a bit crap, BUT, you can set baseline monitoring and get it heal itself now, using the baselines (desired config) could be a very useful tool to make sure things stay as you want them.

Answered 01/20/2015 by: Badger
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The best tool is one that does what you need for the price you are willing to pay.  For larger firms, typically SCCM is chosen due to the number of management technologies, scalability and licensing agreements.  SCCM does have slightly increased complexity over other solutions and it is notorious for a flakey WMI agent.

Answered 05/04/2012 by: dnelson
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Altiris is also a good deployment tool. It's bare-metal OS provisioning has been rated more than that of SCCM... and has a good set of inventory management features as well.

Answered 05/04/2012 by: adilrathore
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We use SCCM and are satisfied :)
Answered 03/23/2012 by: RaginX
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I have used SCCM and it is one of the finest in market.
Answered 03/23/2012 by: piyushnasa
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