Desktop Central MSP - Readme

Welcome to ManageEngine Desktop Central MSP - an easy-to- install, ready-to-use product that eases desktop administration by providing access to almost all desktop administrative functions from a single point.


  1. Desktop Central requires Active Directory based Windows 2000/2003/2008 Domain setup / Workgroup setup.
  2. Other directory services like Novell, can be managed as a Workgroup Setup.
  3. Desktop Central can be run on any workstation with proper credentials.
  4. Does not support versions prior to Windows 2000
Hardware* Supported Platform Supported Browsers
  • CPU: intel core i3,
    2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Disk Space:5 GB
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 2012
  • Mac 10.6
  • Mac 10.7
  • Mac 10.8
  • iOS 4 and above
  • Android 2.2 and above
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

For managing up to 250 computers and mobile devices. For detailed requirements, refer to here.

Working with Desktop Central

Starting Desktop Central

Desktop Central can be started in any of the following ways:

  1. Double-click the ManageEngine Desktop Central icon from the desktop.
  2. Select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central MSP --> Start Desktop Central

Starting the Desktop Central automatically launches the client in the default browser.

Note: When Desktop Central is started in Windows XP / Windows 2003 machines with firewall enabled, Windows will pop up security alerts asking whether to block or unblock the the following programs:
  1. Postgres - Database server
  2. Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition binary - Java.

You should Unblock these programs to start Desktop Central.

Starting Desktop Central Client

  1. Open a JavaScript-enabled Web Browser. For example, Internet Explorer.
  2. Type http://localhost:8040 OR http://Host Name:8040 in the address bar and press "Enter". 
    Note: By default, Desktop Central runs on port 8040.
  3. In the login page enter a valid user name and password. This provides an authenticated access to Desktop Central. By default, the user name and password are "admin" and "admin" respectively.
  4. Click "Login".
  5. The Desktop Central Client is launched in the Web browser.

Stopping Desktop Central

To stop Desktop central, Select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central --> Stop Desktop Central OR run the script shutdownDesktopCentral.bat located in<DesktopCentral_Home>/bin directory.

To uninstall Desktop Central, select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central MSP --> Uninstall

Support and Feedback

You can reach us in following ways:

  • Send your technical queries and product feedback to 
  • Call the toll free number to speak with us: 1-888-720-9500
  • Post your queries in the user discussion forums.

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