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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"The most valuable features are Remote Connect, SUP, Cloud functionality, Report, Query, and third-party patching.""The most valuable features are application deployment and task-sequenced imaging.""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.""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.""The initial setup is straightforward and not too complicated.""The product is useful for patch management.""The most valuable feature is the scalability.""This solution captures all the devices in our infrastructure."

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"The versatility is great.""Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.""The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features."

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Cons
"The cost of the product can be improved.""The operations could be faster and you need some patience with this tool.""The main room for improvement is the on-screen display. I think it would be good if some improvements were made.""We'd like the solution to make it easier to manage remote users.""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.""Microsoft should extend support for additional platforms.""The deployment process is lengthy and should be quicker to complete.""Could do with some cosmetic improvements on the user interface."

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"There's a lot of scope for enhancement on the DevSecOps side. They should definitely include features for compliance, for both the Linux and Windows side of the devices, as well as for network devices. Compliance is something they need to work on.""It's a bit of a pain point to make sure that everything works once we've upgraded it because Puppet has been evolving pretty fast.""The solution has really complex code, you have to understand the Ruby language. However, once you know the code then you can move ahead without any problems."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing is negotiable with Microsoft, depending upon which of their packages you choose.""When you compare this solution with other tools in the market you might actually find a lot of variation in the pricing and that's why people opt for the other tools rather than Microsoft tools.""Its price is okay because it is part of our licensing.""Presently, I am using a free trial version.""We have to pay for a license.""The price model is different for every client.""For enterprises, there is an annual license required to use this solution. The price of the solution could be cheaper. However, this is mostly because of the exchange rate from the dollar to the Nigerian currency."

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"The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive.""Depending on the size of the organization there is a point when the price of Puppet Enterprise should be lower. However, they provide really good functionality, features, and capabilities."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The technical support is good.
Top Answer: For enterprises, there is an annual license required to use this solution. The price of the solution could be cheaper. However, this is mostly because of the exchange rate from the dollar to the… more »
Top Answer: I would like to see more automation.
Top Answer: Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.
Top Answer: Puppet was a good product; we used it when we had 200 VMs. When we tried to add Windows servers to it, that's when we realized the price nearly doubled for us because we also have around 200 Windows… more »
Top Answer: The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive. We work in the education… more »
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Average Words per Review
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Also Known As
System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM
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Overview

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM, formerly SCCM or System Center Configuration Manager) is a software management suite that allows users to manage large numbers of Windows-based computers and servers.

Configuration Manager features software distribution, operating system deployment, remote control, network protection, security management, patch management, and hardware and software inventory, among other services. It allows you to set configuration and security policies, keep your software up-to-date, and monitor your system status while giving your employees access to corporate applications on whatever devices they choose.

Configuration Manager allows you to manage computers using macOS, Windows UNIX, or Linux, and mobile devices running iOS, Windows, or Android operating systems. It can be integrated with Microsoft Intune, allowing you to manage computers connected to a corporate network.

With 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.

Benefits and Features

  • Proactively manage all device life cycles, starting from purchase all the way to retirement.
  • Automatically deploy software as well as printers to devices, using a common software library.
  • Deploy upgrades and patches to your operating system.
  • Ensure that all devices are patched, encrypted, and secured in compliance with security best practices.
  • Provide mobile device management functionality, which includes the ability to reboot and/or lock devices remotely.
  • Provide end users with “self-service” so that they can update machines when it is convenient for them.

Reviews from Real Users:

Users of MECM like that it is stable and flexible. Patching is one of its most useful features, although users cite many other features as useful as well. One user stated that "It does what you need it to do, and it's a one-stop-shop for the company and for all your deployments." Overall, “the entire solution, from end to end, is excellent.

Puppet Data Center Automation helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With our software, businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices, across physical and virtual machines, on prem or in the cloud.

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Sample Customers
Bank Alfalah Ltd., Wªrth Handelsges.m.b.H, Dimension Data, Japan Business Systems, St. Lucie County Public Schools, MISC Berhad
Los Alamos National Laboratory, GitHub, IP Commerce, Cedexis, Spiceworks, Server Density, Swisstopo, Chockstone, Constant Contact, NICS, Citrix
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm24%
Computer Software Company16%
Insurance Company8%
Transportation Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider14%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government10%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise60%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise75%
REVIEWERS
Small Business60%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise30%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
540,694 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 31 reviews while Puppet Enterprise is ranked 9th in Configuration Management with 3 reviews. Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is rated 8.0, while Puppet Enterprise is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager writes "Works well with Windows, very stable, and can scale well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Puppet Enterprise writes "A set-it-and-forget-it management solution". Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager is most compared with Ansible, BigFix, ManageEngine Desktop Central, Ivanti Patch for Windows and Quest KACE Systems Management, whereas Puppet Enterprise is most compared with Ansible, BigFix, UrbanCode Deploy, Chef and Red Hat Satellite. See our Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager vs. Puppet Enterprise report.

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