What are you looking at price wise for Specops Deploy then? I guess it would be hard to beat the MS licensing deal that most of us get. I was considering going down the SCCM route myself and it will be very low cost to add to our environment, but I do think it's a bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut in this case.
Originally Posted by aravacon
edit: Can I also say you need to update your demo form page. It won't accept my email address as it's too long, and the field for my phone number doesn't accept an extension number either. Perhaps you could arrange a demo for me Aravacon?
We offer good discounts for schools and the public sector so while not free, you'll get something that you can manage. We have a lot of schools within our customer base in the UK and in North America.
Thanks for the feedback on the website form. I'll get that fixed.
I'd be happy to arrange a demo for you with our UK sales contractor Alan. Send me an email with your contact info to infomaster (at) specopssoft.com and I'll have Alan get in touch.
Would indeed need to be good - SCCM is mostly all covered already with EES agreements!
SCCM is a very good bit of software, used it since it was SMS 2003 so for those starting on 2012 you're very lucky ;)
Imaging is spot on and sounds like MS have finally integrated WSUS with SCCM properly so at EES pricing there's no reason not to go for it.
We will be making use of it properly when we move to 7. However, we aren't planning on using it for imaging - Fog is far simpler to be honest.
But we will be using it for application deployment, SCEP and updates.
Fog might be quicker to push an image but once you build software deployment into your SCCM task sequences with WMI queries etc you won't go back ;)
I still disagree - building a universal image using VirtualBox, capturing it and then deploying it using Fog is child's play. Not to mention, making future changes is as simple as editing your virtualbox machine and recapturing.
Originally Posted by gshaw
We don't deploy software in any overly complex matter - all classroom workstations get the same software, all teacher machines get the same software, all admin machines get the same software.
I'm playing with SCCM 2012 OS deployment at the moment, currently using Fog for image deployment. While I like the simplicity of Fog, it is still a manual task for updating the images although this is still pretty painless when done on a VM. This can all be automated in SCCM with the Build and Capture task sequences which I think is cleaner and has less margin for error IMO.
SCCM does seem much more flexible and powerful when using the task sequences etc and should save us having to run manual scripts for setting up things like Bitlocker on staff laptops.
The good thing about SCCM and OSD is the Task Sequences - it saves spaces, much easier to create clones of - *copy/paste/edit*
And you don't need to recapture the whole imiage just to update one or 2 bits of software. - this was the downside to the likes of RIS and Ghost, etc..