Managing computers using Desktop Central at Microsoft Azure

 

How to install Desktop Central at Microsoft Azure?

For those who wish to ease their server management using Microsoft Azure virtual machine, can now install Desktop Central at your virtual machine and manage your desktops and mobile devices with ease.

Pre-requisites

For managing computers using Desktop Central at Microsoft Azure, ensure that you meet the following pre-requisites

  1. Say if you are planning to manage upto 1000 computers using Desktop Central, we recommend you to have the following configurations
    • VM  size - A2 standard or above
    • OS - Windows server 2008 or above

    Note: You may have to change the configurations according to the number of computers you are managing. To know more about creating virtual machine click here.

  2. Ensure that the virtual machine's Public IP/DNS is not blocked by any firewall and is accessible to all client computers.
  3. Open the ports of Desktop Central at Microsoft Azure Network Security Groups for smooth communication between the Desktop Central server and the client computers.

Steps 

After purchasing your virtual machine from Microsoft Azure, you can install Desktop Central at your virtual machine by following the steps given below,

  1. Remotely connect to your virtual machine
  2. In that virtual machine, open your web browser
  3. Download and install Desktop Central. 

You have now successfully installed the Desktop Central server. To proceed further, you have to install Desktop Central agent on the computers you want to manage. You can install agent using any of the below ways

  1. Install agents from Desktop Central console
  2. Install agents using Windows GPO
  3. Install agents manually

Note: When you access the Desktop Central using the virtual machine's public IP/DNS address, note that the virtual machine's public IP/DNS address changes when the machine is stopped/re-allocated. As Desktop Central works on a agent-server model, it is recommended to use a Reserved IP address for uninteruppted communication between the server and the client computers.

You have now successfully installed Desktop Central at Microsoft Azure virtual machine.