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"It saves a lot of money when you can install things automatically and they are installed the exact same way on every computer.""It is a good choice for deployment that performs very well.""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.""This solution helps us by automating the patching of our system.""This has made the management of our environment easier.""This solution has made life easy with respect to patching, compliance, and OSD.""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."

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"The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.""Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.""The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.""I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor.""The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes."

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"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.""The setup was complex and I faced a lot of problems initially because I was new to the solution.""I would like to see an agentless version of the solution.""This solution should be simpler, and more consistent across modules/sections.""Not everything is readily available, and there are a lot of commands that are only executable via PowerShell.""This solution needs to be supported on all Operating systems.""The cost of the product can be improved."

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"The interface of solar winds could be improved.""On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data.""The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.""For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page.""Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases."

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"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.""The licensing is good because they have various options, depending on what you are looking for.""Pricing is negotiable with Microsoft, depending upon which of their packages you choose."

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"With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over and above that.""You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go."

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Questions from the Community
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.
Top Answer: The primary uses are PC imaging, application deployment and updates, Windows patching, and baselining.
Top Answer: I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the… more »
Top Answer: I would highly recommend SolarWinds Network Configuration Management to other customers. I rate this product at a nine out of ten.
Top Answer: The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs. We see days or weeks on those error messages. I think this needs to be addressed… more »
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Also Known As
System Center Configuration ManagerSolarWinds NCM
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Overview
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.Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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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 BerhadUnited Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
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Financial Services Firm17%
Insurance Company17%
Computer Software Company17%
Construction Company17%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government8%
Retailer4%
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Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider27%
Government7%
Construction Company4%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise54%
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Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise86%
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Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about SCCM vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,846 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SCCM is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 16 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 6 reviews. SCCM is rated 8.4, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of SCCM writes "Works well with Windows, very stable, and can scale well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". SCCM is most compared with Ansible, BigFix, Quest KACE Systems Management, Chef and Ivanti Patch for Windows, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, IBM Tivoli NetCool, Infoblox NetMRI and Fortinet FortiManager. See our SCCM vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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