Most Helpful Review
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It is very easy to use, and there is less room for error.
Ansible Tower offers use a UI where we can see all the pushes that have gone into the server.
Its checking and validating ensures our packages are properly patched.
The biggest thing I liked about Ansible is the check mode so that we can verify, after we've pushed, that the config there is actually what we intended.
I like being able to control multiple systems and push out updates quickly with just a couple of clicks of a button and commands. I like the automation because it is a time saver.
It was easy to read and learn. It is a YAML-based syntax, which makes it easily understand and pick up.
It increases our company's efficiency, automating all the simple tasks which used to take hours of somebody's time.
It is agentless. I don't have to think about which client system my unit has understanding in or not, because I can execute from my system. It will go and configure it, and any module that it is looking for will be shipped out.
The most valuable features are Remote Connect, SUP, Cloud functionality, Report, Query, and third-party patching.
This solution has made life easy with respect to patching, compliance, and OSD.
This has made the management of our environment easier.
This solution helps us by automating the patching of our system.
The most valuable feature is the graphical-based reports of software updates that have been successful, the ones that have failed, and a summary of where the failures are what security breaches may occur.
It is a good choice for deployment that performs very well.
It saves a lot of money when you can install things automatically and they are installed the exact same way on every computer.
There is a faster time to rollout. If we get a new PC, it can be ready for productivity right away.
For Ansible Tower, there are three tiers with ten nodes. I would like them to expand those ten nodes to 20, because ten nodes is not enough to test on.
Ansible could use more public relations and marketing.
I have seen indications that the documentation needs improvement. They are providing a "How to Improve Your Documentation" presentation at this conference.
The user interface on the Ansible Tower product could be better, but it is functional.
Documentation could be improved. Many times, if I'm looking for something, I have to Google it in a lot of places, then figure out what the best approach will be. There are some best practices documents, but they don't give you the information.
One problem that I'm facing right now is the mismatch between the new version of Python and Ansible. Sometimes it's Python 2, and sometimes it's Python 3. When things get a bit dicey, I wish that Ansible would solve this issue by itself. I don't want to have to specify if it is Python 3 or version 2.
Some of the Cisco modules could be expanded, which would be great, along with not having to do so much coding in the background to make it work.
It is a little slow on the network side because every time you call a module, it's initiating an SSH or an API call to a network device, and it just slows things down.
The cost of the product can be improved.
This solution needs to be supported on all Operating systems.
Not everything is readily available, and there are a lot of commands that are only executable via PowerShell.
This solution should be simpler, and more consistent across modules/sections.
I would like to see an agentless version of the solution.
The setup was complex and I faced a lot of problems initially because I was new to the solution.
Our company would prefer not rebooting computers while people are using them. There seems to be no strategy behind it.
Marketing: Our management doesn't understand that there is a piece of software which helps them automate and manage the entire network, as far as operating systems on computers.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Ansible Tower is free. Until they lower the cost, we are holding off on purchasing the product.
We went with product because we have a subscription for Red Hat.
The cost is high, but it still works well.
The licensing is good because they have various options, depending on what you are looking for.
SCCM comes with its own version of SQL Server. If you use that SQL Server with SCCM and don't use it for another applications than you get an SQL Server for free.
Overall, I think it's fine. It's pretty much in-line because there are ways to offset it with the Office 365 licensing.
Pricing and licensing are a downside of SCCM. It's expensive. I'd have to confirm this, but I think they changed the licensing to core-based instead of socket-based. It's not cheap, because you have to buy the software, you have to buy SQL. Another thing we learned from talking to Microsoft is that they provide you a license for SQL if you run it on the same box as the primary server. If you run it outside that box, you have to buy SQL. Microsoft does recommend you running it on the same box because of performance. But then, in order to run SQL, SCCM, and everything on the same box, you better have some resources. It's an expensive solution. There's no doubt about it.
Pricing and licensing are horrible. You have to not look at dollar value to use SCCM. It's super-duper expensive but it works. The acquisition cost is expensive, it's labor-intensive. But it works.
out of 25 in Configuration Management
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|System Center Configuration Manager|
|Ansible is the simplest way to deploy your applications. It gives you the power to deploy multi-tier applications reliably and consistently, all from one common framework. You can configure needed services as well as push application artifacts from one common system.||With System Center Configuration Manager, you can manage PCs and servers, keeping software up-to-date, setting configuration and security policies, and monitoring system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on the devices that they choose.|
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