System Center

Data center management software for businesses of all sizes

About System Center

System Center is a data center management software that helps businesses of all sizes monitor networks, system storage, security, and more. It offers integration with cloud platforms and provides teams the ability to gain insights into system analytics and diagnosis metrics affecting the health of monitors.

The solution enables administrators to scan the workload across Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating systems, identify problems and notify relevant personnel to resolve issues. System Center also lets professionals compile routine operations or system-level workflows and execute them using PowerShell scripts to deliver tasks across data centers.

The platform lets admins manage devices in the storage area network (SAN) to create, assign, and mask logical unit numbers (LUN) and manage internet small computer systems interface (iSCSI) as well as fiber channel capabilities. System Center also provides a service center automation module, which lets managers use service request form templates to share relevant information with concerned individuals via a self-service portal.


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4,4 /5
(89)
Value for Money
4,1/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
3,7/5
Customer Support
4,0/5

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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 5 001–10 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

What is System Center

Reviewed on 2019/04/26

This product is almost identical to the HP BSM. SCCM is more cost-effective if total purchasing...

This product is almost identical to the HP BSM. SCCM is more cost-effective if total purchasing costs are prioritized.

Pros

SCCM allows us to manage mobile devices with physical and virtual clients. It can centralize installation, configuration, and update operations. We can also enable it to integrate with other components such as Active Directory, WSUS.

Cons

Since this product is designed for large structures, it takes some time to learn. Also the price is a bit expensive.

Jeff
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 1 001–5 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Microsoft's complete package for Imaging, patching, app deployments, upgrades & more.

Reviewed on 2018/01/23

I feel that being a Microsoft product it is easier to integrate and maintain.
It is a complete...

I feel that being a Microsoft product it is easier to integrate and maintain.
It is a complete package for maintaining OS, patching, security, apps, and images. Server and Workstations.
We have had few issues since setup. and I would recommend this even with a few drawbacks.

Pros

We primary utilize this for Imaging (Win7 and 10), Patch deployments, Win10 Upgrade, App packaging and deployments. We previously used CA and RES AM so I have a lot of experience with these platforms.
1) Happy with the overall performance. Once SCCM is fully setup, it more a matter of maintenance.
2) App Packaging and deployment works well. Especially if you combine with the MS Powershell add-in. It does lack a few features Id really like to see. Some of these can also be found by finding useful 3rd party add-ins.
3) Reporting can be very thorough. The canned reports cover all the basics Ive needed. If you really want to dig in you can make your own reports.
4) Patching is straightforward. Since this is a MS product to MS OS there are no compatibility issues. Plus the SCUP product also from MS is still viable for 3rd party security updates from companies like Adobe. Comes in handy to deploy the latest Flash as an update, with the rest of the monthly updates.

Cons

My main complaint is SCCM is slow. This is well known and unlikely to ever change.
For example,

MY second compliant is there are certain features and hooks that still are not in the product over its many years of life. For example you simply cannot stop or delete a job from the [deployment] list. You need to trace back to the app group, patch group, and/or collection, then find and delete the deployment.

Lastly, I do have to say Im not fond of MS Cust Service on this. We have had some big issues and the resolution was slow to get to. Example, a situation where the Win10 Upgrades feature was broken, eventually there was a general bulletin, and their own Tech Support failed to notify us of this before that. Took 6 weeks to resolve.

Gabe
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 5 001–10 000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

A powerful suite of software for managing you systems infrastructure, given proper resources.

Reviewed on 2018/01/11

We use SCCM for automated patch management and deployment, server/workstation package deployment...

We use SCCM for automated patch management and deployment, server/workstation package deployment and inventory management.

We use SCOM for monitoring of Active Directory, Exchange, SQL, and SCCM.

Pros

Given proper support from MS premium channels, and humans dedicated to supporting the software, you can automate/manage endpoints and servers very effectively with System Center Configuration Manager. Monitoring can be very in-depth with Operations Manager, with a central application to monitor your enterprise environment and custom alerts that pertain to each system or service. This is a very powerful set of software, and with the proper resources allocated to it, can be scaled across even large enterprises.

Cons

Each software package with the System Center umbrella of software should not be underestimated. Each one required a full commitment to understand, deploy and utilize effectively. I would not recommend these solutions to small IT shops that cannot commit the appropriate human resource and support, as it will be draining to get the value out of them.

Reasons for this discouragement: These software packages are nothing like Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange, nor MS SQL. The flow and design of System Center packages are very different, and the concepts driving their design and use can be very challenging to understand and remember for beginners. I recommend committed staff assigned to these applications for support.

Kory
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great Suite Of Products - Large Initial Learning Curve

Reviewed on 2017/06/08

Pros

Since I'm reviewing "Microsoft System Center" as a whole, and not one individual product, I will say that all of the products offer an amazing amount of tasks that can be accomplished! Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) allows for all types of alerts to be setup on both Servers and Network equipment, alerts such as "low disk space" on a server can be a real life saver, as well as a time saver. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) makes imaging computers, pushing out software, managing windows updates, etc. a breeze. The product is very robust and offers a ton of different options. All of the products in the entire suite are laid out very similarly, so if you learn the layout / capabilities of one, you'll start to understand the others.

Cons

The biggest complaint I can make about the entire suite is that the learning curve is quite steep. I've been a Systems Administrator for a few years, and it has taken approximately 2 years to really get to a comfortable level with the products. There is tons of documentation out there, and odds are, if there is something you are trying to do, someone else has done it, and written a guide for it, the problem is that sometimes Microsoft's preferred approach isn't always the most easy, or doesn't always make the most sense.

Turan
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 501–1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

System management? Much easier with MS System Center

Reviewed on 2022/12/20

It is an indispensable structure to gather all workloads that take time and process in a single...

It is an indispensable structure to gather all workloads that take time and process in a single point and to intervene in their management instantly. While providing you with ease of user interface, security is kept at the highest level. A system that is as solid as a firewall but sees the finer points as much as the surgeon. The integrated world of the whole structure.

Pros

It is much easier and simpler to gather and manage the entire structure under one roof. In particular, the merging and bringing together of different locations and the management of the organization of all these processes on a single screen with almost zero resource usage. It is very easy to monitor and manage all processes instantly and within seconds. Moreover, different platforms do not prevent you from using this structure.

Cons

Installation processes take some time. This should not be perceived as a minus. If you have a mixed structure and organization, it is a necessary condition. Physical resource consumption is also a bit high.

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System Center offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$3 607,00
  • Free Trial: Not Available

System Center is offered across two pricing plans, outlined below. Standard Edition for managing physical servers - $1323 per license Datacenter Edition for managing virtual servers - $3607 per license

System Center has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

System Center supports the following languages:

English

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System Center integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Azure

System Center offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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