I'm in the midst of evaluating SMS 2003 and SCCM 2007 to replace exisiting ManageSoft deployment tool. We are currently on XP and are not migrating to Vista. Instead we will wait for the next release of Windows. While I see a lot of new or better features in SCCM, i do realize that it has a lot of issues with it while SMS is much more stable. Can anyone give me any ideas, I've done my findings but anyone with hand-on experience may have better vie of it. Is is okay to use SCCM or SMS is a better choice?

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I've heard that SCCM has been pretty stable which is uncharacteristic of SMS product launches but maybe somone can comment on this. I'm about to have a SCCM implmentation go into place but it likely won't roll into production for a while due to the timing of the Vista project I'm on. BTW if you want tight integration with SoftGrid or I should say App-V make sure to look at SCCM R2.
Answered 08/11/2008 by: kkaminsk
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I just wrapped up an SCCM implementation. We didn't find any major stability issues and in fact many of the annoyances of SMS 2003 have been sorted out. In my mind, you should be looking at SCCM R2. I think you'll regret going to SMS 2003, especially considering the upgrade path to SCCM when you finally must do one, is not pretty. Also, as Kevin said, if you want to go with MDOP, you need SCCM to fully integrate it.
Answered 08/11/2008 by: turbokitty
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Definately go with SCCM. The integration with the new version of MS Application Virtualization as well as other System Center Products is too great to pass up. We just went through a migration to SCCM from SMS 2003 and the migration was surprisingly smooth. We also have not experianced any stability issues.
Answered 08/11/2008 by: JakPalance
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Thanks a lot guys. I'm confident enough now that SCCM is much more reliable that SMS. Appreciate the feedback
Answered 08/11/2008 by: PackageExpert
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