Software Deployment Question

ZCM expert may be moving to SCCM or KACE or ? - need tips

04/10/2015 2136 views
I've been using ZEN/ZCM for a decade or more, starting with ZEN 3.2 all the way through ZCM 11.3.2. But I may be looking at a successor product and I'm hoping to get a sense of how my life is going to change. There are so many features that I take for granted in ZCM that I'd hate to lose.

If you've made this move and can help, please let me know. I'll probably post separately on individual topics, but here are some of my major concerns:

1. We rely heavily on Variables - both System and Bundle. Any other products have this concept? (For those of you not familiar with ZCM, I'm not talking about environment variables, there are specific to and defined within the ZCM system.)
2. How many of the native Actions are available in other products and which have to use clunky scripting instead?
3. Regarding Bundle and Action requirements, I got the sense that SCCM can only manage this by creating a dynamic workstation group based on a specific query, and then using that within the Tasks. Any thoughts?

I'll take all the help I can get - thanks.

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In SCCM 2012 variables are available but I have never had to use them actually so not sure if it will meet what you are looking for, though I do use Global Conditions which might be worth having a look at.

For software deployment and management I can't think of an instance where I would need to use a variable to be honest.

For your potential migration I'd almost forget how you've done it previously and just scope out what your trying to achieve as you'll never shoehorn in what you've currently got into a different system.

Answered 04/13/2015 by: deliveryboy
Orange Senior Belt

I held multiple MCNE's including ZenWorks, I am a ZenMaster turned Ninja.    We dumped Novell years ago and have not looked back yet.  We choose Kace since we have multiple OS's at the college and Kace was the best fit to manage all of them.  The cost compared to Novell was also very attractive.
Answered 04/13/2015 by: SMal.tmcc
Red Belt

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