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SCCM 2012 for smaller sites

Hi,

We're a smallish organisation (200 staff) and have looked at SCCM before and it seemed like overkill (too much to set up and administer) for our size.

However, we’re now reconsidering as we need to upgrade our Symantec (SEP) and are looking at options for managing app deployments.  We're licensed for “System Center Configuration Manager Client ML” and “System Center Endpoint Protection”.

I know there’s a bunch to set up but could we do with one main server, a DP in the other site and running SQL Express? So no more cost as we already have all the licensing.

Can anyone pse advise their experience on SCCM 2012 for smaller sites and if they thought it was worth it. Plus any feedback MS Endpoint protection. We’ve no problems with Symantec SEP.

Cheers
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Leon TaljaardCommented:
Hi

Yes you would be able to run one Primary server and a DP and if you look at the following link http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/systemcenter/en-US/7a363f0a-0795-43a8-92f2-d31a446fbd60/will-sql-2012-express-work-with-sccm-2012 the last post shows the SQL editions supported and you will be able to use SQL Express therefore not incurring any additional costs seeing as you are already licensed for SCCM why not use it.

You say you have 200 Staff, does this mean you also just have 200 would be SCCM agents/computers ?

You will definitely get a benefit from the SCCM deployment, you would be able to automate your application deployments, have your "Application Catalogue" available for users to request/install their own applications without the need for a tech to visit the user and a whole lot more.

You could use the OSD deployments to deploy all your new desktops or refresh old ones.

There are a lot of things you could do as I am sure you are aware and seeing that you are already licensed for the product you might as well use it :)

As far as the End Point Protection goes, the SCCM console acts as the console view for this as well, so you would have one console to look at and use instead of 2 separate systems.

Here is a link to a End Point Protection review, this might give you a little more info.
http://www.esecurityplanet.com/windows-security/review-microsoft-system-center-2012-endpoint-protection.html

If there is anything more specific you might like to know don't hesitate to ask.

Hope this helped

Thanks
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kswan_expertAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply Leon. I'd read that MS Endpoint wasn't that great and we've no complaints wtih SEP so maybe we stay with that.

I wonder if SCCM is worth it then.  We're 200 odd PCs and 80 odd server including test, dev, etc.

We had an SCCM presentation from a vendor and it seemed bigger than BenHur, though i think they were looking for the implementation work so had reason to.

Still from what I've read it can be a bit of a beast.  

A shame as it does a lot of what we need and we have the licenses ...
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Leon TaljaardCommented:
Hey

Its a pleasure. I think the complexity comes more in the not knowing the product more than the product being complex, just my opinion :)

Setting up of the primary site as well as the DP is simple enough as long as all the prerequisites are met and like I said before you could definitely benefit from having SCCM in your environment, not only for your software asset management, but software deployment, OSD deployments and so much more.

You could use a GPO based client deployment or pushed through SCCM.

There are enough guides out there to help you get this up and running in no time with the correct planning and by planning I am not meaning this huge intricate thing, but just to make sure you have everything in place for it to be successful and that would be for anything you normally implement, not just SCCM :)

If I was you I would maybe give it a try on a few machines, maybe in a test lab, play with it more.

You would also need to know how to create applications and deployment of them, but that's what forums and sites like these are for....lol

If you would like more info or maybe links to some how-to sites, let me know, but I would try it out and then take it from there, once you get to know the product you will see that its not actually that complex.

All the best
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kswan_expertAuthor Commented:
Thnx again Leon. Appreciate if you could supply some links for what you consider are good how-to-sites.  Cheers!
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