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"Ansible provides great reliability when coupled with a versioning system (git). It helps providing predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production.""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."

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"The most valuable feature is the scalability.""The product is useful for patch management.""The initial setup is straightforward and not too complicated.""Microsoft is being very competitive right now, and they are really investing in a lot of new features to be more competitive in the marketplace.""Patching is the main feature because SCCM is made to control the entire environment without manually interpreting. So it is good to use for patching.""The most valuable features are application deployment and task-sequenced imaging.""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."

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"Accessibility. Ansible uses a CLI by default. Those accustomed to it can find their way and adopt the YAML files easily over time. But, some users are more comfortable using UIs...""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."

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"The deployment process is lengthy and should be quicker to complete.""Microsoft should extend support for additional platforms.""With Microsoft Premier Support, you get what you pay for. There's Third Tier Support that you pay for. If you pay for that, you get excellent support, and if you don't pay for that, then you get the less experienced staff.""We'd like the solution to make it easier to manage remote users.""The main room for improvement is the on-screen display. I think it would be good if some improvements were made.""The operations could be faster and you need some patience with this tool.""The cost of the product can be improved.""This solution needs to be supported on all Operating systems."

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"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."

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"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."

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Top Answer: The most valuable features are application deployment and task-sequenced imaging.
Top Answer: The operations could be faster and you need some patience with this tool. I wish that sending media to remote distribution points was faster.
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System Center Configuration Manager
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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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HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBankBank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
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Computer Software Company36%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Ansible vs. SCCM and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
438,043 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Ansible is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 23 reviews while SCCM is ranked 2nd in Configuration Management with 14 reviews. Ansible is rated 8.6, while SCCM is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Check mode enables us to verify that the config we have pushed is what we intended". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SCCM writes "It saves a lot of money when you can install things automatically and they are installed the exact same way on every computer". Ansible is most compared with BigFix, Red Hat Satellite, UrbanCode Deploy, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and Microsoft Azure DevOps, whereas SCCM is most compared with BigFix, Quest KACE Systems Management, Ivanti Patch for Windows, Chef and Tanium. See our Ansible vs. SCCM report.

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