Configuration Management Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Michelle McGough says in a BigFix review
BigFix Offering Manager at a tech services company
The subscription patch content was the most useful because it made patching a lot easier, faster, and more successful than alternative options requiring prescans and custom code development. View full review »
Securityabc9 says in a BigFix review
Security
The most valuable feature is the patching. It's much more flexible than SCCM. There are more things we can do and especially the cross-platform support is better. View full review »
John Livinston says in a BigFix review
CEO at Verve
The ability for the agent to be customized, to both, run the fix list and the relevant language, but also to be able to be designed so that it only allows for outbound ports rather than inbound is the most valuable feature. We work in a lot of environments where there are segmented networks and we have to have an agent and a communication where we don't have any inbound ports into that environment. Having that agent be really small, and the ability to not have to have any open inbound ports into that environment is wonderful. View full review »
Andrew Laurence says in a BigFix review
Systems Analyst at a university with 10,001+ employees
The ability to build custom content and scale to additional endpoints without increasing staff time is the most valuable feature. View full review »
JoeGarcia says in an Ansible review
Principal Engineer at CyberArk
I really love the user interface: * The first time I started to use it, I found that it was well-built and very easy to navigate around. Things were were I expected them to be. I didn't have to go clicking around too much to find what I wanted to do. * The documentation on their website is well done. Anytime that I need to, I can pull up its six tabs. For example, I wrote my first Ansible playbook with no Internet on a plane and those six tabs cached in my phone's browser. Red Hat has always done a great job with their documentation. However, I sort of grew up around most of their products. As far as the dashboard is concerned, it is a nice, quick, easy look without having to dig in, deep dive into the different metrics, etc. I obtain a quick presentation of what's failed and what's been successful. Having an operator and/or admin get that quick of a look is beneficial because they can quickly act and react to job failures, etc. View full review »
Eric Greene says in an Ansible review
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
It is very extensible. There are many plugins and modules out there that everybody helps create to interact with different cloud providers as well. Roles that sum up all the playbooks that you might have. You might have a giant playbook which is doing a lot of things just for one app. However, there may be other people who have also tried to do the same thing. So, they create these roles, and you're able to automate easier without needing all those playbooks. You can have role declaration with a couple of Rs. View full review »
BoB Woodraska says in an Ansible review
Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The beauty of Ansible is the easy ramp-up to get started. You really only need Python and SSH access. Configuration is generally done in YAML, which is easy to understand, and there is a progression from ad hoc tasks, to playbooks, then to roles, which means you can start with one server and continue building up to datacenters worth of servers with the same methodology. Also, shared by most configuration management tools, the idea of creating a desired state scales better than trying to specify procedural steps to set up new hosts. There are no agents by default, so adding a new server is a matter of a couple lines of configuration (on a new server and the configuration master). View full review »
Lavanya Tejasvi says in a SCCM review
ITA at a software R&D company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of this solution are Package deployment, Software Center, OSD Creation with Task sequence, and Patching. View full review »
Security Architect at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
The most important feature is the schedulings. We want to have them set up to handle as much automation as possible to reduce the resources involved with the project. The documentation for this solution is good. View full review »
Advisor at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is agile. It gives us more speed to deliver services and applications, and we rely on security. VDI integration is good. View full review »
Technical Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is its ability to remediate quickly and efficiently across a number of IT assets at the same time. It takes away manual efforts from the team to go out and fix those vulnerabilities through patching, conflict updates, etc. While it's not my team which looks at the dashboards, SecOps users can manage vulnerabilities across the estate from a single pane of glass (from a single console). This allows the SecOps teams to then prioritize what is a more significant vulnerability than others. View full review »
Igor Bujaroski says in a SCCM review
User at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the OSD and application deployments, and it also automates updates. View full review »
Ernest Szeideman says in a BMC TrueSight Network Automation review
Senior Security Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The dashboard is very useful to us as is the Presentation Server interface, in terms of policy creation and configuration and use of the tool. There's a much cleaner approach to the dashboards now in TrueSight versus what they had previously. Previously it was more cumbersome to be able to display the data that is required to do our jobs. Different people have different functions, and as a part of those functions, they need to look at different types of data. My managers are interested in things like, the number of tickets that are open. How long did it take to address an incident? How long did it take to close an incident? Things like that with SLAs. Whereas the support people want to just know that the incident has come in and to be able to look at it and correlate that data with other data to determine what the actual problem is. Depending on who's looking at the data, they need to configure that data in different ways, and the dashboards help us to do that better than what was previously available. View full review »
Ruben DeLaRosa says in a SCCM review
Systems Admin, SCCM Admin with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are: * Imaging - standardized Windows builds * Software deployment - deploying updates and automating the installation of software * Patch deployment - increased security * Reporting - better view of our environment for decision making View full review »
Infrastructure Tools Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Among the most valuable features is its flexibility and ability to work across multiple operating systems. Being able to execute some form of data collection and not have to worry about whether I'm working on a Linux box, or a Windows box, or the underlying OS, I can do these collections, get these results, and put them together in a uniform format which makes it easier to present back to management. That way we can track issues and have near real-time results; it takes time to collect. We're a very heavy user of the patching methodology. We use their CMDB as well. We have ties into that to provide data or attributes of each of the servers. And we have a fully automated patching process which has been absolutely phenomenal. Again, it's across operating systems, so we can patch Windows systems and Linux systems all in the same time in the same windows. It impacts different people, but it's really seamless regarding who's working with the system itself. That provides a huge benefit because it makes it easier for a post-application reboot stack. If we have an app that comes down during patching, we can shut down the web services, shut down the mid-tier, shut down the database, bring them all back in the appropriate order, and the operating system doesn't matter. We can handle it all in one application. So it's more efficient and easier to track in case there are issues. Compliance is also huge. We're getting ready to take an even deeper step into it. BMC provides out-of-the-box templates for CIS compliance and PCI compliance. We've been looking hard, with our cybersecurity team, at the CIS compliance. These packages even provide remediation for some of these components. By tying it to Atrium Orchestrator, our workflow tool, we'll be able to have a closed loop where we identify a compliance issue, cut CRs, get them approved, and then be able to execute these CRs and more seamlessly fix these issues on the fly. We might schedule an execution of the job, which would then cut a CR. When that CR is approved, we can just go execute it on whatever scheduled approval time we have. The only person who's involved is the approver, defining when we can do it. We're really looking hard into integrations with other tools, especially our change management to be able to kick off automation and execute. View full review »
Senior Solutions Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
From my experience, the most valuable features are the configuration changes. Also, compliance is important, because we have worked with a bank. Then, in some of the government agencies that I have work on, the server upgrade of SSD deployment. Backup and restore configurations are helpful for a number of network devices, as you can automate them, then know what changes have been done, who made the changes, etc. So, it's quite helpful in the network management area. With patching, If you have multiple devices and the same model, then you can deploy using this tool. It's quite helpful other than doing it manually. The tool will do it for you rather than you logging onto the device and doing the commands. For patching, it is helpful if the tool can assist on multiple devices with the same model or brand. Therefore, you just have to wait and require it to reboot based on the patch information. View full review »
Network Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
We use it to back up configurations so the configuration management is valuable for us. Another valuable feature is the ability to verify that the devices comply with our standards. Compliance is important because we want all of our devices to have the same, consistent configuration. The reporting is also good. We run reports monthly to see what devices are compliant with our standards and we use the reports to correct deficiencies. View full review »
reviewer1059522 says in a SCCM review
IT Assistant at a international affairs institute with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the graphical-based status reports of software updates; showing successful and failed deployments. This gives you a quick overview of vulnerable computers that expose your network to risks of a security breach. View full review »
Itay Fahima says in a BigFix review
Infrastructure Specialist with 501-1,000 employees
The most valuable feature is patch management, a must have, even for Linux and iOS. We have a strict standard for compliance, and this solution has simplified this. View full review »
David Rojas says in an Ansible review
Automation Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The countless modules and products supported. View full review »
Connie Lamicela says in a BigFix review
CTO at ESM Technology
BigFix is incredibly fast and accurate in patching, reporting, and remediation. View full review »
ITEngine2f5e says in a BigFix review
IT Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Some of the most valuable features are the development of the patches, the fixlets, and not having to bundle things ourselves. View full review »
Ben Cotton says in a BigFix review
Founder at CyFIR
With BigFix, the ability to do device discovery and the installation of our CyFIR agent across the environment is a very autonomous, automatic-type function that is a very significant feature for us. We combine CyFIR and BigFix to provide a total cybersecurity solution, including computer forensics disk imaging, memory analysis imaging. As part of that, we tend to leverage BigFix from the remediation side and from the installation side. The peer to peer file transfers as a solution are fine. View full review »
Joshua Hickok says in a BigFix review
Senior Security Consultant at Tech Data Corporation
It's incredibly powerful and it's very extensible. Meaning, it's very easy for us to customize the platform to solve a number of different tasks for us. We enjoy using peer-to-peer file transfers as a peering system for files. It provides built-in redundancy and we can control it all from the console, which is nice. View full review »
BigFixAddb6e says in a BigFix review
BigFix Admin / Win SysAdmin at Costco Wholesale
Some of the most valuable features are its: * Ease of use * The fact that it's a single port access across the board. There's only one firewall to be required. * The user community is great, very helpful. * There's not a lot of overhead to the client. There's a bit of set up to do but it's pretty simple once it gets running to maintain it. It basically maintains itself. As such for as big of a system, it only requires a little manpower. There's only a couple of people that have to manage it. My impressions of peer to peer file transfer in relation to BigFix, is that it's a relay structure that goes up and down the chain, as servers check in they check into their relays, the relays pass up and down the chain. It has tight security. They say it heals itself. It doesn't put a load on the system and doesn't give our guys any headaches or anything. It just seems to work pretty well and it's easy to maintain. View full review »
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