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ZCM 11 comparison to SCCM 2007 R3


July 27, 2011 2:57 pm





Comparing Novell ZENworks 11 to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Novell ZENworks can offer your business a long list of unique benefits and
advantages. It is based on a new Novell ZENworks 11 platform that combines and
integrates configuration, asset, patch, and endpoint security management for
Windows and Linux desktops. It offers a single, modular architecture that maximizes
flexibility and scalability, simplifies and speeds management throughout the device
lifecycle, minimizes processing demands on managed clients, reduces bandwidth
consumption for management processes and uses standards-based protocols to
seamlessly integrate with your choice of user directory and object database. It lets
you manage systems based on users identities, roles, groups and locations, so IT
can work hand-in-glove with the company’s business priorities and policies. Finally, it
gives you a secure, web-based console for unified control over all your management tasks—from virtually anywhere.

Of course, Novell ZENworks 11 is not the only endpoint and configuration
management solution on the market and Microsoft’s System Center Configuration
Manager 2007 ( SCCM ) is one of many that it competes against.

But first, what should you really be comparing?

Novell ZENworks 11 and Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager offer a
wealth of features. They are designed to manage not just your environment, but
countless others as well. These may be a single site with a few hundred identical
devices, multiple sites with several thousand devices, those that span multiple time
zones and political borders, computers in kiosks, in libraries, on cruise ships; the list
is almost endless.
In fewer words, they contain more features than you would ever need or even use.
Given this, does it make any sense to compare products to each other on a feature
basis? It really doesn’t.

You should firstly compare products against the list of capabilities that are required
to manage your environment and only then look at how each product compares
against each other for delivery of that capability.

Notice how we’ve changed from discussing features to that of capabilities. Lets
define a capability; its a collection of features that satisfy a business requirement.

Build a matrix that calls out the capabilities that you require. Mark these as Must have and Nice to have to indicate their importance. One tip; do not copy from a vendor product flyer.

Once you have built your list, only then start the comparison process. This should
include a proof of concept test for all the solutions under consideration to provide
worthwhile results. After all, you would never purchase an automobile based on the
nice pretty brochure, a test drive is always in order.

Next steps

If you want to find out how Novell ZENworks 11 to Microsoft System Center
Configuration Manager 2007 R3, download the attachment and take a look.

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  1. By:drsyncenstein

    Cool list, but since SCCM 2012 will be released end of the year it would have been better to compare to that version.

  2. By:jayconnor

    I was hoping for an honest comparison as I liked some features of ZCM but didn’t see this in your pdf. I then started writing a dot point for each thing you lied about/made no sense but thought it was pointless as any one that has used either product will know this. You should try out SCCM.

    • By:blartfast

      Hi Jay,

      The PDF is our opinion on both solutions arising from hands on work. It looks like you have some feedback that you’d like to share , so please contact us.

      And welcome to our site as I see that you’ve only just become a member. Glad to see that you engaging with the articles that we post.

      Have a great day

  3. By:blartfast

    We only use released software for making comparisons. When sccm 2012 arrives we will take a look and compare the latest release of Novell ZENWorks Configuration Management to it.