SmartDeploy vs. Macrium Reflect

Macrium Reflect is a traditional imaging tool that uses outdated methods, like USB deployments and driver injection, to get the job done. With SmartDeploy, you can image multiple endpoints simultaneously, over your local network or to remote machines via the cloud. And custom-built driver packs make SmartDeploy compatible with any hardware.

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See how SmartDeploy and Macrium Reflect compare

Macrium Reflect

Macrium Reflect lets you restore a disk image to a computer, but because it deploys from hardware like USB sticks, sysadmins have to boot computers on at a time. Macrium also relies on clunky driver injection, making hardware compatibility spotty at best.

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SmartDeploy

SmartDeploy is fast and flexible. It can image multiple machines at once, both over local networks and to remote endpoints through the cloud. And its lean, custom-built driver packs ensure you’ll have the right drivers for every machine you’re imaging.

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SmartDeploy

Macrium Reflect

Driver Pack Library

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no

Hardware independent

yes

no

Prebuilt & customizable script packages

yes

no

Cloud integrations

yes

no

Training

yes

yes

Patch management

yes

no

Scheduling

yes

no

Remote imaging via cloud

yes

no

Offline imaging

yes

yes

Network imaging

yes

no

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How it works

Set up, update, and manage endpoints with greater flexibility and ease. Flexible layers enable you to manage the OS, applications, drivers, and user data independently from each other rather than baking everything into a locked image.

  • Step one

Build your golden image containing the Windows operating system, apps and settings that you need.

  • Step two

Download any of our prebuilt device driver packages for all the hardware models you support.

  • Step three

Pick the software and scripts you need from our library — or build a custom installer to fit your specific needs.

  • Step four

Save and deploy with ultimate flexibility using any combination of USB, network server, or cloud storage.

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Meet some of our customers

Learn how businesses from startups to global leaders use SmartDeploy to streamline their endpoint management.

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“I am amazed by how easy [it is] to use SmartDeploy. You have multiple options on how you can image a machine... Offline (via USB), Cloud or Remote deployment. Keep making us happy!!!”

JAY M.
Divisional computer support analyst

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"SmartDeploy is extremely easy to set up and use. . . It is extremely easy to import pictures and make answer documents utilizing the implicit wizards, and you can set up custom or unattended organizations and reimage PCs distantly. Driver packs are refreshed routinely, which saves a ton of time since you don't need to find and import them all physically.”

RAHEEL K.
Software Developer

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“SD is always improving on their product. It's easy to use and the user interface is simple. The time it takes to image a machine is minimal.”

SAMUEL L.
IT Director

Why customers prefer SmartDeploy

Meets requirements

Ease of use

Ease of setup

Ease of admin

Quality of support

Ease of doing business

Product direction

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Meets requirements

96%

Ease of use

95%

Ease of setup

92%

Ease of admin

96%

Quality of support

95%

Ease of doing business

97%

Product direction

85%

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Meets requirements

85%

Ease of use

89%

Ease of setup

94%

Ease of admin

92%

Quality of support

83%

Ease of doing business

90%

Production direction

97%

One platform, endless use cases

SmartDeploy is your one-stop shop for PC provisioning and lifecycle management.

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Computer imaging

Build and maintain a single Windows golden image, regardless of PC make or model

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PC refreshes

Keep all your users files and settings consistent while rolling out new hardware

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Application management

Deploy, update, and patch applications zero-touch to any endpoint

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Windows updates

Push periodic updates or centrally manage entire migrations for local and remote PCs

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Device setup

Seamlessly roll out images, drivers, and applications to entirely new devices

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PC break-fixes

Reimage the operating system layer without affecting applications or user data

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SmartDeploy is not affiliated with or endorsed by Macrium Reflect. The use of Macrium Reflect on this page is for comparison purposes only. Information last updated: 09/18/2022