Program Deployment Other Than System Center Or Zenworks?

Discussion in 'Business & Enterprise Computing' started by Oppressa, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Oppressa

    Oppressa Member

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    Looking for software to deploy programs to Windows based machines with similar features to Zenworks or SCCM 2012. I have found both to be very unreliable.

    What is used in your company/on your network?
     
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    Group Policy. Have just invested in a copy of Advanced Installer to do snapshots of programs that don't ship in an MSI and to customize MSI's we do use.
     
  3. matt001

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    We use SCCM 2012 and have never had any issues with it, takes abit to setup first off. But then it just works.


    Matthew
     
  4. closed_gate

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    We use Kace K1000 and SCCM. Both work well, both have their place. We use K1000 a lot more than SCCM as we have a lot more control over it. It also helps a lot with Asset management and licensing. Awesome product.

    You can either push out an MSI as a silent package or the user just logs on to the K1000 site and can pull it down. It also have a Service Desk, and many, many, many more features.
     
  5. scrantic

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    Take a look at http://wpkg.org/ as an alternative with http://fogproject.org for image dployment if required. Othwereise AD GPO with a good packaging program is fine.

    SCCM 2012 is great in my experience never had any issues. Can you elaborate on what issues your having?
     
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  6. GiantGuineaPig

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    +1, using SCCM 2012 now and it's better than 2007. Happy to help if I can with it, and curious to know what issues you've had to call it unreliable.
     
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    We use Symantec Altiris, it needs an agent on each manage station though.
     
  8. wilsontc

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    Yeah, both products suck! The hundreds of thousands of people using SCCM in production, managing millions of endpoints are totally lying when they say it's stable and reliable!

    If you can't figure out how to use some software, you should definitely replace it!
     
  9. theunco

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    I work for LANDesk, we replace these guys every day. We're a specialist systems management vendor and it is designed to be simple and reliable. Let me know if you need anything.
     
  10. phrosty-boi

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    surprised to hear that zenworks isn't working for you

    i've set it up at several sites and find it to work quite well (we're using 11.2)

    version 10.x was pretty ordinary but i'm surprised to hear you are having heaps of isues with it
     
  11. vader

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    Intresting thread.
    We have been a ZENWorks shop for a while now, but due to ongoing issues and poor support (upgrades in particular have been a nightmare) were looking at alternatives and would hope to have something in place before our licensing becomes due again.

    At the moment SCCM 2012 looks like a better solution, will be building a test instance in the lab during our xmas production freeze (if I get the time).
     
  12. tin

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    I used to use that in a school (I left, it didn't). Works pretty well, but is quite hack-ish. It's also not exactly a user friendly system. But once running it's fairly reliable (except for when stupid kids do things like turn the power point off while packages are still installing).
    Personally I would NOT recommend this for a business willing to actually buy software, unless the person implementing it already has experience with it.

    I'm never surprised when people have problems with otherwise reliable software. There's so many variables it's not funny... Could be some other software interfering, or could be some sort of intermittent hardware fault.
    It's possible the user is the problem, but it's not always - and people instantly blaming the user don't help the problem, especially if it's an obscure problem.
     
  13. GumbyNoTalent

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    We use the Dell K1000 here as well, excellent to use - very fast and easy to use. (We use the K2000 for Windows deployment as well).
     
  15. mwil7034

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    Puppet works on Windows now as well which could be a viable option. EDIT: Whoops, GumbyNoTalent beat me to that suggestion. Regardless seems a viable option

    And check out Chocolatey as well, it may help. I dont know if it is enterprise applicable but worth a look all the same.

    If you haven't determined yet I'm a Linux engineer. I would assume the native offerings would be better suited but if found lacking you may as well investigate the alternatives :)
     
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    +1 for LAN Desk
     

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