Independent Writer Compares LANDesk Management Suite 9.5 and Goverlan Remote Administration Suite v7, PJ Technologies’ Flagship Configuration Management Solution

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Independent writer compares the solutions in terms of their systems management capabilities, deployment, implementation and pricing.

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A win for Goverlan is the Scope Actions tool...define a scope of targets using powerful filtering and selection criteria…define the administrative actions to perform on that scope - and run those actions either ad-hoc, scheduled or on a recurring basis...

PJ Technologies today announced that an independent writer compared the Goverlan Remote Administration Suite v7, its flagship configuration management software, with LANDesk Management Suite 9.5.

Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant and speaker on a variety of IT topics, whose published works includes Learning Windows Server 2003 from O'Reilly and regularly appear in periodicals such as Windows® IT Pro, PC Pro and TechNet Magazine.

Hassell found that both Goverlan and LANDesk offer similarly robust systems management capabilities, including the ability to query device information as well as execute processes, perform actions enterprise wide, create on-demand reports on status and configuration, and more.

“A win for Goverlan is the Scope Actions tool, which allows you to easily define a scope of targets—they could be users, computers or groups—using powerful filtering and selection criteria. Then, you can define the administrative actions to perform on that scope - which can be essentially anything Windows permits you to do, including Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) queries - and run those actions either on an ad-hoc, scheduled or recurring basis. For example, you can create an action that detects a PC’s architecture, deletes a file that may or may not be present on the target, deploys an executable installer file to the target, and creates a registry key to configure that software—all from a single action. You can also configure the action to only happen if certain properties are true or false as well. Scope Actions are very flexible, fully customizable, and can support even complex scenarios that might occur in day to day operations for an administrator,” Hassell explained.

Hassell noted that Goverlan offers KVM remote control to clients outside of a corporate network via the Internet, yet it doesn’t offer a full set of management capabilities for these external clients. For an additional cost, LANDesk can manage clients outside the boundaries of a corporate network through the Management Gateway feature.

Software distribution and license management were found to be LANDesk Management Suite’s strong points. “Goverlan does not really focus on software distribution; while it can kick off installation program, it does not assist with packaging or reporting,” he added.

Hassell also noted Goverlan’s deployment to be easier and simpler than LANDesk’s, which is dependent on multiple servers. “LANDesk has a complicated deployment and rollout strategy that involves a couple of different types of servers - one type that provides the basic infrastructure and management services to administrators, and then a database server that stores the records for the application. These roles can be installed on a single server for moderate use but do require some management, and in larger deployments an additional license for a full-blown SQL Server is required. In contrast, Goverlan is a lightweight installable product that requires no servers to use as a fully featured solution (there is a central administration server – the Goverlan Central Server – available, included with all licenses at no additional cost.)”

Furthermore, Hassell looked at the ease of implementation and configuration of both products, noting Goverlan’s intuitive, low-learning curve design. “It isn’t just deployment that is complicated in LANDesk; configuring the service and managing day to day operations can often be a bear. It would take a major investment in training, both in terms of time and money, to fully understand and learn how to manage a network using LANDesk. Goverlan, however, boasts a tight, easy-to-use interface that is quick and responsive - one that I have found is easy to be productive with in just minutes.”

Finally, Hassell favored Goverlan’s more economical price point as a benefit, noting; “While Goverlan’s Remote Administration Suite is priced at $699 per administrator with no client node fee, LANDesk does their pricing on a per-user basis as well; however, the cost is much higher, on the order of System Center Configuration Manager from Microsoft.”

To read the complete review by Jonathan Hassell, please visit The Remote IT Admin Blog.

About PJ Technologies
At PJ Technologies, the creators of Goverlan®, we have been providing cost-effective, real-time IT Systems Management software since 1998. Our solutions are entirely implemented and managed from within our clients’ infrastructures, thereby fostering security, integrity and control. To learn more or to download a free, full 30-day trial of the Goverlan Remote Admin Suite, visit

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