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Ivanti Endpoint Manager

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Ansible

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Ansible

Ansible is perfect for provisioning virtual machines or containers. It's also useful for standardized setup of different software projects. For example, the main supported setup configuration of Red Hat Open Shift is made in Ansible.
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Ivanti Endpoint Manager

It is well suited for compliance and information gathering/reports. You can query about literally anything in any given machine's environment. It is definitely well sure for very large corporations.
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Pros

  • Ease of use due to its simple, human-readable language (YAML)
  • Lot of built-in modules (batteries included)
  • Secure Connection (SSH)
  • No remote agent installation needed (all done over SSH)
  • The docs are great
  • Uses Python, which is built into Linux
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  • Software distribution - the ability to sit and provide software when a machine calls home works phenomenally well. You may also target based on certain conditions, ranging from LDAP queries down to hardware revisions of individual components.
  • Operating system provisioning - the range of choice in sequential execution is second to none. We migrated from MDT to Ivanti's providing with relative ease.
  • Patching and compliance - you're able to get extremely granular, and the rollout project templates make rolling it a particular patch from QA to Production an automated breeze
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Cons

  • YAML syntax can cause trouble. It's sometimes difficult to see where the syntax problem is exactly located.
  • Playbooks are difficult to manage on large projects. Some kind of IDE would be good.
  • Requires a Linux control machine.
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  • Mac support - While it's the best I've seen with cross platform support, that doesn't mean they don't have a long way to go to catch up with the functionality of other tools that focus on one specific platform.
  • Product coherence - Their core product, the management suite, is great but with every new acquisition the company makes, it seems like there's another product that gets shoehorned into the picture. Making all those disparate pieces work smoothly together is something they're still working on.
  • Documentation - They come out with a lot of great features but some are so complicated I couldn't begin to understand the various facets of it all. I realize the days of published manual are long gone but even a PDF covering the major components in detail would be better than having to bump around in the dark until you have to call support for help.
  • Software Licensing Management - Every major release seems to completely rewrite this tool but they keep seeming to miss the mark. Lately it's a Microsoft Silverlight program that's very slow and has way too much data to be useful.
  • Web Console - The web console is all but unusable. The only way to really work on administration is to use the 32bit console which is great if you're running Windows but a fully featured web console would be much preferred.
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Landesk Management Suite is an important part of our business. It's a useful tool that does what we need it to do on a daily basis. Landesk support is also improving which is nice to see. Overall the product continues to get better and I recommend it to anyone needing a package with such features.
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Alternatives Considered

SaltStack's syntax and configuration felt a little too much like "black magic" for reliability. Several third-party packages were referenced by name only and either hid or obfuscated how they installed their dependencies (or were targeting only one distribution of Linux and failing to disclose incompatibilities with others). Ansible is far more flexible and the community package support is far superior.
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Return on Investment

  • Very positive given the fact it's free and helps me to adapt to new environments very fast and easily
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  • LANDesk had a positive impact on ROI based on the time that it removed from our provisioning tasks. Our environment previously took an entire day to deploy to bare metal. After setting up LANDesk we could deploy a new PC in a few hours.
  • Another positive impact was on Software Deployment. Instead of having to send an associate deskside we could push an application automatically to a PC based on pre-defined scenarios. The Self Service Application portal was also beneficial to provide updates that a user could install at their leisure.
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Pricing Details

Ansible

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Ivanti Endpoint Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details