Sep 28, 2017
As a quick reminder, here's where our bake-off currently sits:
Quick reminder: none of these solutions are bribing me with fat wads of cash to plug their products. Some day I hope to have such problems, but today is not that day.
You might know Ivanti as Shavlik - that's the product name I'm more familiar with anyways. Back in February, Shavlik became Ivanti.
Pretty easy to install and manage - even without a deep background in IT (in today's episode I tell a story that can back this claim based on my experience)
Does a solid job of applying patching Windows OS and third party
Pricing is a little steep - last figures I saw were ~$80 per server, per year and ~$40 per workstation, per year.
ITScripts library (that allows for GPO-style policy enforcement) is a little slim when compared to similar functionality offered from other solutions
Lets you crazy with building custom packages you can deploy to granular groups
Awesome online help resources, including a YouTube video library that's got a video for just about everything
Quick response to support tickets
A bit more complicated to get comfortable with than the other solutions
A little confusing on the Windows patching side - not quite as "point and patch" as some of the other solutions
Agentless system - machines have to be able to "see" the PDQ