System Center: Great for imaging and application deployment
May 18, 2022

System Center: Great for imaging and application deployment

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Standard Edition

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft System Center

We currently use Microsoft System Center to manage and image all staff and student machines in the organization. We utilize Microsoft System Center to push applications and programs to machines and keep them up to date. We also use the Windows Update Server side of System Center to keep machines up to date and compliant. We use System Center's monitoring and query ability to track machines and assets in the district as well. This allows us to identify machines as they fall out of compliance. We utilize the Remote Control aspect of Microsoft System Center to remotely assist staff and work on issues. We also use Right Click Tools to expand the functionality of Microsoft System Center to give us greater control over machines.
  • Imaging
  • Remote Control Assistance
  • Deploying Software and Programs
  • Driver Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Windows Updates
  • User Interface
  • Windows Update Configuration and Setup
  • Distribution Point Setup
  • Imaging
  • Remote Control
  • Application Management and Deployment
  • Increased efficiency from IT
  • Faster turn around on replacing machines
  • Better asset control and inventory
We previously used a mix of FOG and Clonezilla to image machines. The biggest issues with these products is that changing one piece of the image required you to rebuild the entire image itself. These pieces of software also did not allow you to manage applications and Windows Updates, causing IT to have to constantly touch machines after they were imaged and update or manage them with a much more hands on approach.

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Microsoft System Center excels when it comes to mass imaging of machines in an organization. We recently had to replace a large quantity of machines in our organization, roughly 1000, and utilized Microsoft System Center to provide a consistent image to each machine. It made the process extremely simple. We setup our task sequences to drop machines into their respective OU's, so once the imaging process is done, the machine has all the software it needs, is completely up to date, is in the correct OU, and has the group policies that it should. This requires little interaction on IT's side to get a machine ready to go. We used to use FOG to image machines, which required a lot more work and interaction than what System Center does.