This question came up a few times recently...
Remember that if you want to start up a "personal deployment" for BigFix, our current policy allows you to have a limited license for free: http://support.bigfix.com/cgi-bin/kbdirect.pl?id=566
I hear a lot of BigFix Admins say that they like this program a lot because:
- It works great to manage their own computers and help their friends/family computers (generally they open a port in their home firewall).
- you can gain some good BigFix experience in a low-cost-of-failure BigFix deployment.
- you can try out some new products that we offer even if your company hasn't adopted them.
I have been running a personal deployment for years on about 30 of my friends/family computer and it helps me a lot when I want to help my friends/family or when I want to have good data set of computers in my BigFix deployment.