Dell Management Console

I'm getting ready to download & install the Dell Management Console for FREE from Dell's website. My main purpose of this is to be able to keep track of BIOS updates on all of my users & all of my servers. I have less than 10 servers & less than 50 users all on the same LAN connected via 3 Dell PowerConnect POE switches. My question is, can anyone recomend this software? What are the pros/cons? I have a studly server so hardware is no issue. Is this easy to set up & does it require me to install an agent on ALL of my users workstations & servers? One more thing, in order for this to work correctly, do I have to give my users admin rights on their local computer? Again, basically, all I want to do is keep track & install BIOS/Firmware updates to my users & switches. Thanks
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jwguilloryCommented:
The management console works well for me.  Also because of the contract I have with Dell, I can get support for open manage from them when I run into a problem.  I love the fact that I can use it to roll out updates to my servers.  They is a client app that can be used but I have not used it.  I recommend it if you are using Dell equipment.  If you are using other equipment I cannot say how it would work with them.

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grantsewellCommented:
I have used the Dell Management Console in the past, and it does have a number of nice features for free. But as they say, you get what you pay for. I've found it (esp the client) to be a hog when it comes to system resources, and lacking in capability when compared to other products. I've found that for system monitoring, it could not give me the alerting and long-term statistics I wanted (I switched to Solarwinds NPM and never looked back), and I came across failures and inconsistencies when deploying software (Microsoft SCCM was much better).

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