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Enables us to maintain and consistently deploy network device configurations, but the setup has not gone smoothly
Find out what your peers are saying about BMC TrueSight Network Automation vs. SCCM and other solutions. Updated: November 2019.
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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.
The backup and restore configurations are really 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.
It is helpful if you schedule daily or weekly archiving for your config groups. Then, you can go by what are in those configuration groups, before and after, if you make changes. So, configuration management is really helpful in network management.
We use it to back up configurations so the configuration management is valuable for us.
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.
With the SCCM inventory, we found a lot of rogue applications. We were able to identify them, find out who was running them, and either put them on our application list or remove them.
We've been working with BMC support in various ways such as to allow for the high-availability components to the TSIMs to work together. There have been issues there. We've seen randomness in how other pieces of the software work. Integration with the Presentation Server and the TSIMs has been a challenge. The ports that are required for HA to be utilized were not clearly documented anywhere. In fact, they still aren't documented online anywhere, even though we managed to pull it out of some of their support people.
I would like to see more device supported features, mostly on the new brands and models coming in. For any new version or model, it should be supported by the tool, especially the newest versions. For example, the newest devices, like Aruba Wireless, and routers need support from the tool.
For customized compliance, it takes some effort to implement things. If the device configuration is quite complex, then you have to do quite number of customizations in the DNA tool for out-of-the-box compliance. These regular expressions have to be modified based on the requirements of the compliance.
I'd like to be able to get more devices into compliance with standards, but that means running additional rule sets and that takes time.
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.
Troubleshooting in general needs improvement. There's just a ton of logs to go through, and so finding the error log that corresponds with that you're doing can sometimes be difficult.
Pricing and Cost Advice
There's a fee for the licenses themselves, per contract, and then we have a yearly licensing fee that's many thousands of dollars. But that's not just for TrueSight, that's also for support for ITSM, Atrium Orchestrator, BBNA, and other BMC tools in the environment.
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.
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Also Known As
|TrueSight Network Automation, BladeLogic Network Automation||System Center Configuration Manager|
Network automation and management software reduces network outages and downtime by automating configuration, change and compliance processes. Organizations depend on high performance across their network to keep the business running at peak efficiency but new security threats make it hard for network administrators to keep pace with the demands for new services and safeguard the health of the network.
|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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