Atera for police department IT management
March 19, 2020

Atera for police department IT management

Terry Irwin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Atera

Atera is being used in my organization in many ways. First, by installing the agent on every workstation and server, I have the ability to provide remote support after hours to my users. Second, we keep an eye on Operating System patches and push them as necessary. Third, we utilize the reports to watch trends in the organizational technology. We also use the ticketing system constantly to track issues and look up what we did to fix an issue last time we encountered it. We also use the passwords database for secure storage and access to passwords for FTP sites, switches, routers, servers, local admin accounts, service accounts, etc.
  • Ticketing
  • Reporting
  • Remote Access for tech support
  • Patching
  • Password storage
  • Frequent updates, patches, and added functionality
  • Would like it if Atera could push files to a group of computers
  • Network discovery without requiring a domain controller
  • Would like to be able to schedule a host reboot on a case-by-case basis
  • Would love a watered down version of IT Glue or something for device configuration documentation that would tie into the password storage feature
  • Would love if Atera would do a network scan a couple of times a day and report on any changes, additions, or deletions
  • Atera has provided a significant increase in security posture by keeping on top of patches.
  • Easy to sort monitored devices by OS, came in handy for Windows 7 end of life.
  • Adding Atera's ticketing system helped keep on top of any issues until resolution.
I have used ConnectWise extensively in the past, as well as Autotask. ConnectWise is massive and can do way more than I'm capable of configuring. You would need a full-time staff just to configure it correctly and figure it all out. Autotask is not as massive as ConnectWise, but is still much more complex than Atera. Both are more expensive than Atera. I found Autotask to be less reliable for remote access, even though they use the same product, theirs was simply more buggy than Atera. Bang for the buck, Atera was a no-brainer for us.
Atera support provides answers to my questions lightning fast. They have never left me feeling like I'm out there on my own. I can ask questions by email, or by chat, or by opening a ticket with them and they are always on it quickly. They also have a forum where other Atera users can help you if you need it, and you can also add feature requests via the forum.

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Atera is aimed at managed service providers, but as a former managed service provider, I could see the value in managing a local network in much the same way as managing a collection of local networks. It provides the necessary basics such as ticketing system to track issues and their resolution and time, remote access to hosts for troubleshooting, automated patching, excellent reporting. Atera's secure password storage is a really nice bonus feature that saves us money over having to purchase an additional product for that.

In this age of increased need for security, I would like to see enhanced security monitoring features added, such as alerts for users' failed login attempts.

Atera Feature Ratings

Remote monitoring
Network device monitoring
Not Rated
Patch Management
Policy-based automation
Not Rated