vCenter Configuration Manager Overview

vCenter Configuration Manager is the #5 ranked solution in our list of top Configuration Management tools. It is most often compared to SCCM: vCenter Configuration Manager vs SCCM

What is vCenter Configuration Manager?
Automate configuration management across virtual and physical servers, workstations, and desktops.

vCenter Configuration Manager is also known as vCM.

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What users are saying about vCenter Configuration Manager pricing:
  • "Their licensing costs are high. But I think for the scale that we are using, it's suitable. If you use it on a larger scale with many servers, you have to pay a lot of money for them. I think it's suitable for organizations that don't need expert people that want more money each year or each month because it's a straightforward solution. We prefer to pay for these products that are integrated and straightforward."

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Francisco Gimo
Management Information System Officer at Kenmare Resources Mauritius
Real User
Top 20
Great for automating and very stable, but complex to implement

What is our primary use case?

I provide services to our customers. We largely use it for automation.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is excellent at automating processes."
  • "There are some complexities within the system center. For example, we use two different applications for updates and the deployment of the machine. We also have another third party solution."

What other advice do I have?

We're a customer. We don't have a special relationship with the company. I would recommend System Center. We are going through a technological era where everything is done using technology, and security measures are important. With this solution, security is already in place. With this solution, a lot of the items are automated, including a lot of administrative work. You can minimize so many things, including security vulnerabilities, simply by using the solution. It's great. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. They lose a few marks due to their general complexity, which takes a lot of…
AB
Associate Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It is really affordable and we haven't had any stability or scalability issues

What is our primary use case?

We are responsible for the planning stage only, and we gradually do monthly-based monitoring and capacity utilization of the IT infrastructure. Based on our findings, we do some brainstorming to determine if there was an error or if it was due to less processing or storage capacity or memory management, those kind of things. So we use this program to do internal planning, basically.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a stable solution."
  • "The technical support could be faster."

What other advice do I have?

In some cases, we require more from the solution than what is offered. We usually map these things into the Configuration Management tool so that they are taken care of or made available faster. I think this should be a part of the program so that those things could be reflected faster. On a scale from one to 10, I will rate the program between 8.5 to 9.5 because in India some of the medium-sized business enterprises are not having a flexible IT budget for a configuration management tool. They prefer that the system integrator should buy it from his own pocket.
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MahdiBahmani
Solution Architect, IT Consultant at Merdasco - Rayan Merdas Data Prosseccing
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good disaster recovery and business connectivity capabilities but generally doesn't compare to competitors in the field

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features that VMware's vCenter Configuration Manager have, when compared with other solutions, are their disaster recovery and business connectivity capabilities."
  • "It lacks the capability to manage the other systems."

What other advice do I have?

I think before using this kind of software, most companies should train their administrators to ensure that the deployment is perfect. Also, maintenance would be easier if you train your engineers before using this kind of software. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate vCenter Configuration Manager a six. This is because compared to the other solutions such as Microsoft's StoreSafe or Studio Team System solutions or Ubuntu it is not as good. This software is specific for VMware products whereas the other software is more flexible.
RS
Manager at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
An end-to-end configuration management solution with good user experience

What is our primary use case?

We have some customers in our company, and we deliver the virtual infrastructure throughout the vCenter portal. We get them some resource pools, and they manage the resource pools. In some cases, if you want to have, for example, a resource manager portal, you can use the Cloud Director. But in most cases, we use the vCenter as a resource pool manager. We also use Vcops for operations management, insight manager, and VMware vRealize Log Insight.

Pros and Cons

  • "vCenter has some good user experience, and the initial setup is straightforward."
  • "It would be better to integrate this infrastructure with native cloud environments, but we can't do it. We are trying to improve our experience by converting our infrastructure through virtualization on native cloud environments and workloads."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would give vCenter Configuration Manager an eight.
SB
Consultant at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Consultant
Top 20
Many features come into play to make this a strong management tool

What is our primary use case?

The primary purpose of the product is to maintain system performance and optimize it.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has many valuable features that serve many purposes."
  • "The ease of setup and installations could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate vCenter Configuration Manager as maybe an eight to nine-out-of-ten. To make it even better and to score a ten-of-ten, the ease-of-use and the flexibility of configuration could be improved. If it was easier to use and easier to implement and to set up, it will be closer to a ten.
Abdul Amaan
General Manager IT/system engineer at VT Solutions
Real User
Top 20
Work is simplified with patch management and template features; configurations could be reduced

What is our primary use case?

We use Configuration Manager at one or two companies where we provide services. I live in Fiji and people don't really go into the detail of compliance and automated configuration. Most things are generally done manually so with the implementation of Configuration Manager it becomes automated. There are some reporting and management tasks involved. We're partners with vCenter and I'm the IT general manager.

Pros and Cons

  • "Beneficial patch management and template features."
  • "Not very user friendly, too many configurations."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend people use this solution. It can make your life a lot easier and it has a lot of features which could help a system administrator prevent problems and foresee potential issues. I would rate this solution quite highly but it loses a couple of points because of the complexity so I'll give it a seven out of 10.
RP
IT Admin at Sikraft
Real User
Very easy to manage, user-friendly, and simple to set up

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to control the host.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very easy to manage."
  • "The snapshot functionality on the solution needs improvement. After renewing the snapshot, all of the production was stuck. Right now, its functionality is one of our main concerns."

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. It's a fantastic product.
GN
IT System Manager and Infrastructure Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy to use with good online integration and very stable

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution to manage the virtual machines.

Pros and Cons

  • "The online configuration, especially in the latest version, is very good."
  • "The solution could be more integrated with the Microsoft environment."

What other advice do I have?

We're VMware partners. I'd recommend the solution. It's very good. A company wouldn't have any trouble implementing it. It doesn't disappoint, and I don't see an area where it is lacking. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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