Managing computers in LAN

Desktop Central installs an agent in all the client computers that have to be managed using Desktop Central. The agent properties can also be customized prior to installing the agents. For details on customization, refer to Configuring Agent settings.

This document will explain you on the following:

Installing Agents from Desktop Central Console

    1. The client computers can be added from Admin tab --> SoM --> Add Computers button. This will list the domains and workgroups that have been added.

    2. Click the Select Computers link pertaining to a domain/workgroup. This opens the Select Computers dialog listing all the available computers of the domain/workgroup.

    3. Select the computers that have to be managed using Desktop Central and click OK. You can also manually specify the computer names instead of choosing them from the list. The selected computers gets added to the Selected Computers table in the Add Computers view.

    4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for adding computers from multiple domains/workgroups.

    5. Select the "Start Agent Installation Immediately" check box to install the Desktop Central agents in the selected computers immediately. When this option is not selected, the computers are only added. You need to install the agents later to manage them.

    6. Select the Configure Agent Settings option for configuring the agent properties and post installation actions.

    7. Click Done to add the selected computers. All the selected computers gets added to the Scope of Management.

The Scope of Management page will list all the computers that are being managed by Desktop Central along with the status of the agent installation and the agent version.  Agents can also be installed at a later stage, by selecting the computers from Admin --> SoM page and clicking the Install Agent button from the Desktop Central Console. If you have problems in installing the agents, refer to our online knowledge base for possible causes and solutions.

Installing Agents Using Windows GPO

Agent installation through the console might fail due to various reasons like some security restrictions, firewall configurations, etc. There is a possibility that even after trying the resolutions provided in the online knowledge base, the installation can still fail. In such cases, you can install the agents with a startup script using Windows GPO. The agents gets installed during the next computer startup. Refer to the online knowledge base for the steps to install the agents using Windows GPO

Installing Agents Manually

You can also install the agents manually, by downloading the agent program from "http://<host name>:<port number>/agent/DesktopCentralAgent.msi" where, <host name> refers to the machine running Desktop Central and <port number> refers to the Web port to access the client, the default being 8020. Double-click the msi file to install the agent manually.

Retry Agent Installation

Enabling this settings will automatically retry to install the Desktop Central agents, on the failed targets. If the one of the target computer is not reachable, instead of manually retrying to install the agent, you can specify the number of times, the automatic retry should happen. You can also specify the maximum frequency for this to be repeated. The retry process will be performed based on the specified frequency for the specified number of days. Mail alerts can be configured to notify when the agent installation has succeeded on one or more computers. Follow the steps mentioned below to configure retry agent installation process:

  1. Click Admin tab on Desktop Central web console

  2. Choose SoM

  3. Select Settings

  4. Enable the check box, to retry agent installation process

  5. Specify the frequency and the number of days for the retry process to happen.

  6. Specify the email address to which the notifications need to be sent.

You have successfully configured the settings to retry agent installation on failed computers.

Uninstalling Agents

To uninstall the agents from the computers, select the desktops from the list and select Uninstall Agent from the Actions box.

Removing the Computers

To remove the computers from the list, select the computers and select Remove Computer from the Actions box. The Desktop Central agents have to be uninstalled prior to removing a computer from the scope.

Identifying the Live Status of Desktop Central Agent

Desktop Central updates the live status of computers periodically. This data is updated every ten minutes or while an on-demand operation is performed on a client computer.  You can see the live status of the Desktop Central agents by clicking on SoM, under "Computers" View. The following status will be displayed:

  1.  The computer icon will be in green color if the Desktop Central Agent is live.

  2. The computer icon will be in red, if the Desktop Central agent is down. Desktop Central agent can be down in the following scenarios:

    1. If the computer is not in the network

    2. If the computer  is shutdown

    3. If the Desktop Central agent service has been stopped

    4. If the Desktop Central agent has been crashed

  3. The computer icon will be in grey, if Desktop Central agent is not installed in it. Those computers are discovered in the SoM because they are added to the active directory but not managed by Desktop Central.





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