Working with Desktop Central

Starting Desktop Central 

To start Desktop Central, select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central --> Start Desktop Central

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

The following processes are started along with the Desktop Central:

  1. java.exe - Desktop Central Server
  2. postgres.exe - Database Server
  3. wrapper.exe - For system tray operations

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 as shown in the images below:

  1. Java(TM) 2 Platform Standard Edition binary - Java.

You should Unblock these programs to start Desktop Central.


Java Alert


Fig: Java 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. View the status if the configurations applied to the users/computers.

  4. Setup Software Deployment Module

  5. Setup Patch Management Module

  6. Setup Inventory Management

  7. Configure AD Reports Update Interval and Enable User Logon Reports

Stopping Desktop Central

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

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