Our institution is considering going with Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager 2012 instead of LANDesk Management Suite 9.0 SP3, and while we will be having a Microsoft representative come onsite at some point, I would like to elicit your feedback regarding the two products. In our licensing agreement with Microsoft, SCCM2012 is included at no additional cost, while LANDesk is considerably expensive. I have heard that LANDesk's support is better than Microsoft's, but as far as features, and ease of use, management, and imaging, where do the two stand? How do the server hardware requirements compare?
We are a higher-education institution and have roughly 10,000 machines to manage, primarily Windows based, but want to integrate the Macs and Linux/Unix machines that we have as well. We have about 300 servers, primarily virtualized with VMWare, but with some physical machines.
I would be most appreciative of any input. Thank you for taking the time to read this.