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The thing I mentioned earlier where we're constantly dealing with federal regulations or new agents that they want us to install and deploy and just getting those out in a consistent manner in a canned installation via Playbook is ideal
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Symantec Ghost Solution Suite is well suited to standard images of company approved software and standard configurations for all users. When every user has the same computer configuration, it is easily managed with a standard image across the board. It is less effective if you need to have multiple configurations for different groups. It becomes cumbersome to manage all the various images. When you add to the complexity by having to address the different drivers for the different hardware model computers, this only adds to the overall number of images you will have to manage, create and keep updated. I find Ghost most helpful with standard hardware model computers and one or two images company wide.
Read full review Pros Makes it easy to create and share automation in one central hub. Ansible content collections give me the ability to reuse code, making it rapid to carry out complex IT processes. Event-driven automation allows me to reduce manual tasks: it is rapid to know which action to take and respond automatically by receiving events from external apps automatically. Read full review Pushing out scripts and jobs to computers Remote imaging and pushing out Windows OS Images Helping to track who pushed out what jobs Read full review Cons Workflows should have more flexible paths than just success or failure. The upgrade process can be challenging with differences in security and environment. There is an opportunity to add CICD functionality into the tool. For development, it would be nice to have the option of editing a repo directly from AAP to allow quick tests/reruns. Then, allow it to push the updates back or create a new branch/PR in GitHub. The RBAC is good but could use improvements. One example would be an option that allows admins to assume the access of another user to validate it works as expected. Read full review Initial install could be easier. Had to call support to assist. Joining domains had a few kinks that had to be figured out. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
We are deploying Ansible at all levels of the organization
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the yaml is easy to write and most people can be taught to write basic playbooks in a few weeks
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Great in almost every way compared to any other configuration management software. The only thing I wish for is python3 support. Other than that, YAML is much improved compared to the Ruby of Chef. The agentless nature is incredibly convenient for managing systems quickly, and if a member of your term has no terminal experience whatsoever they can still use the UI.
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There is a lot of good documentation that Ansible and Red Hat provide which should help get someone started with making Ansible useful. But once you get to more complicated scenarios, you will benefit from learning from others. I have not used Red Hat support for work with Ansible, but many of the online resources are helpful.
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I spoke on this topic today!
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AAP doesn't truly stack up against any of the products mentioned except for
Automation. But, it is extensible and open and has a lower cost to entry.
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The Symantec Ghost Solutions Suite learning curve isn't that steep.
Read full review Return on Investment Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform offers automation and ML tools that allow me to automate complex IT tasks. Through automation analytics, it is seamless to gain full visibility into automation performance allowing me to make informed decisions. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform allows me to move rapidly from insights to action. Creating and sharing automation content in one place unify a team in one place hence enhancing real-time collaboration. Read full review A positive impact of Ghost would be time. To deploy computers form scratch is very time consuming and labor intensive for the IT Department. Ghost clearly saves the time of the IT departments staff to quickly get a new computer out to user so they can spend their time on addressing other issues and being more productive. Time is money. If the IT department is spending hours preparing computers and employees are out of a computer for an extended period of time waiting for one to be loaded, this is money lost to the company in paying employees to sit around and wait for a computer to be configured. Read full review ScreenShots