The one to beat for Windows application deployment and patching
January 25, 2020

The one to beat for Windows application deployment and patching

Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

We use SCCM for application and Windows desktop, laptop, and server patching. We accompany it with the PatchMyPC addons, so we can update the majority of applications we use for end-users.

We also use it to deploy security software.
  • Windows and Office patching: SCCM does this really well. It is efficient, reliable, and easy to schedule. It's quite simple to keep machines updated once they've been registered.
  • Application Deployment: SCCM very effectively deploys application and application updates. We use it very effectively to reinstall our security software if it gets uninstalled or needs to be updated.
  • Reporting: The SQL Reporting Services oriented user-interface is really not particularly user-friendly.
  • Inventory: The inventory function is overly basic and difficult to search. If this were improved to be a legitimate asset management tool, it would tremendously increase the value of SCCM to organizations.
  • Dependable Patching- Being able to depend on your patching, being able to prove that patching has taken place are both critically important to any Enterprise.
  • Quickly Patching Serious Vulnerabilities - Some threats spread like wildfire, and being able to counteract them quickly, is important to prevent serious harm to any organization.
Dell Kace K1000 does a great job of system patching of Applications, Office, and Windows. It does a great job of software deployment. It even has great software for asset and inventory management. It is also a ServiceDesk platform, and if you're not using that function, it can be hard to justify financially. SCCM costs a lot less to implement and maintain.
Microsoft's support for SCCM is excellent. Premium support is worth it, especially if organizations are managing their SCCM installations with very limited staff.

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SCCM is awesome for patching and great for application deployment as well. If you use powerful add-ons like PatchMyPC and use Microsoft Azure integration to extend its reach to remote machines, it is truly indispensable.

It may be less so if you don't have the money for those additions. If you already have an effective patching solution that also handles third-party and remote patching, SCCM may not be worth the effort.