Ansible, Terraform, Chef — there are many configuration management tools to choose from. Unfortunately, most of them are built for infrastructure deployment, not Microsoft 365. If you’re a Microsoft 365 administrator looking for a way to automate configuration management across your organization, your choices are limited.
However, Microsoft 365 DSC is one clear contender that’s come up time and again in the relatively small list of M365 configuration tools. It’s free and open-source with everything you need to apply DevOps practices like continuous integration and continuous deployment to Microsoft 365.
But, that’s not the only option. With dedicated technical support and a robust no-code interface, Simeon Cloud has been making waves as the new configuration management solution for M365.
All of this begs the question, what’s the difference between the two platforms? Microsoft 365 DSC and Simeon Cloud — find out which configuration management tool is right for you, whether you’re a large-scale enterprise or a managed service provider with multiple clients.
Before we jump into the details of each platform, let’s begin by talking about what they are and what they do.
Microsoft 365 DSC and Simeon Cloud are both configuration management tools for M365. That means they use automation to simplify the process of setting up and managing Microsoft 365 configurations. They take over the cumbersome task of going through the same options over and over each time you want to create or update a Microsoft 365 tenant, making things much easier and less error-prone for engineers and operations managers.
The difference, then, is in the way they each approach this problem. Microsoft 365 DSC, being open-source and community-maintained, is code-intensive and can be difficult for non-DevOps engineers and PowerShell users. Simeon Cloud works for users of all skill levels by using an intuitive no-code management interface and providing support for paying users.
Choosing the right configuration management tool for you means assessing the needs of your organization to determine how much support and automation you need. Let’s explore the details of each platform to figure out which one’s right for you.
Let’s start with Simeon. Simeon Cloud is an all-in-one configuration management tool for Microsoft 365 for users of all skill levels.
Microsoft 365 is a robust but complicated platform that features thousands of configurations to help you create your ideal setup for both data security and regulatory compliance. But managing these configurations is a manual, tedious, and error-prone process.
Simeon helps you automate the process of creating and managing your Microsoft 365 configurations so you don’t have to spend hours going through each setting every time you want to deploy a new tenant or update an existing one.
With Simeon, you can manage multiple tenants across organizations while staying in full control of your application lifecycle. Every tenant configuration is backed up securely in the cloud with one-click restorability and detailed documentation for every change you make to your configurations.
Unlike other configuration-as-code platforms, Simeon uses an intuitive no-code interface that’s very easy to get the hang of. It saves a ton of time when all you have to do is click a few buttons instead of writing complicated scripts to automate your configuration management.
But that’s not all. Simeon Cloud also offers round-the-clock support for all users in case you run into any issues configuring your tenants. You also get access to an established baseline of configuration best practices as well as a host of resources to help you get started.
Simeon Cloud is the premium configuration management platform currently available for Microsoft 365. Interested in giving it a try? Request a demo today to get started!
Unlike Simeon, Microsoft 365 DSC is not a no-code platform. Rather, it is a module for PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), a platform for testing and managing baseline configurations. Microsoft 365 DSC is available through the PowerShell Gallery and works with popular Microsoft 365 solutions like SharePoint, Teams, Exchange Online, OneDrive, and Intune.
Microsoft 365 DSC is an open-source configuration tool available for free on GitHub. However, it lacks the usability and accessibility of a no-code solution. It lets you write your own baseline configuration using the PowerShell DSC syntax, but does not come with its own pre-established baseline.
Similarly, Microsoft 365 DSC lets you take snapshots of an existing tenant for migration, but it doesn’t let you deploy tenants with one click. The only way to sync configurations between two tenants is to manually export the configuration of one tenant and then deploy it to another.
So, while it’s an excellent tool coming straight from the engineers at Microsoft, Microsoft 365 DSC does require a bit more micromanagement and technical skillset. Unless you’re intimately familiar with PowerShell DSC, you’ll have to read through a lot of documentation to figure out how to set up your first tenant. Without a user interface or organizational system for storing configurations, it’s also harder to keep track of individual changes to multiple tenants.
Let’s review our options one more time.
Microsoft 365 DSC, being free and open-source, requires coding and more manual intervention on an ongoing basis. It also does not get you access to premium customer support when you need help. That said, it’sa solid choice for automating configuration management for Microsoft 365, especially for organizations that prefer a do-it-yourself solution and don’t wish to invest in a paid tool right away.
Simeon Cloud is a professionally-built, no-code solution. It fully automates M365 configuration management with cloud-based backups, one-click restore, detailed documentation, drift detection, tenant-to-tenant migration, and a pre-established best practices baseline. Yes, it’s a paid tool. However, it comes with premium support and offers more value to organizations looking for end-to-end configuration management.
Still need some help to decide? Request a free demo for Simeon Cloud today to see the platform in action.