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Working with Desktop Central

Starting Desktop Central

The following are methods of starting Desktop Central -

  • Select Start -> Programs -> ManageEngine Desktop Central -> Start Desktop Central
  • In the notification area of the task bar -> Right click on -> ManageEngine Desktop Central icon -> Start Service
  • Run services.msc -> Right click on -> ManageEngine Desktop Central Server -> Start

On starting the Desktop Central, the client is automatically launched in the default browser.

The following processes are started along with Desktop Central:

  1. <Install_Dir>\DesktopCentral_Server\jre\bin\java.exe (For run time environment)
  2. <Install_Dir>\DesktopCentral_Server\jre\bin\javaw.exe (For run time environment - used for standalone processes)
  3. <Install_Dir>\DesktopCentral_Server\pgsql\bin\postgres.exe (For the default database server)
  4. <Install_Dir>\DesktopCentral_Server\bin\wrapper.exe (For running the application as a service)
  5. <Install_Dir>\DesktopCentral_Server\ServerTroubleShooter\bin\MEDCCPUMonitor.exe (For troubleshooting purposes)

Note: When Desktop Central is initially started or updated to the latest version in machines with activated firewall, Windows will pop-up security alerts that it has blocked any of the above mentioned programs. Click 'Allow access' and proceed.

Java Alert

Fig: Java Alert

Fig: Zulu Alert

Launching the Desktop Central Client

To launch the Desktop Central client,

  1. Open a web browser and type http://hostname:8020 in the address bar. Here the hostname refers to the DNS name of the machine where Desktop Central is running.

  2. Specify the user name and password as admin in the respective fields and click Login.

Steps to perform after initial login

When you login to Desktop Central for the first time, perform the following steps:

  1. Define the scope of management - Scope can be limited to a small set of computers or the whole domain.

  2. Define and apply configurations to either users or computers. The applied configurations will take effect during user logon for user configurations and during reboot for computer configurations.

  3. Setup Patch Management Module

  4. Setup Software Deployment Module

  5. Setup Inventory Management

Stopping Desktop Central

To stop Desktop Central, select Start -> Programs -> ManageEngine Desktop Central -> Stop Desktop Central