Managing Linux Computers


Enterprises today have shown a rapid growth in the usage of Linux systems. They are being widely used as an alternative to other operating systems. Along with their ease of use, Linux computers offer more flexibility and configuration options. Anyone can install it and it is often available free of charge. This creates a need for Linux administration in large enterprise networks. Manual Linux administration would consume a lot of time and effort. So, system administrators need to hunt for a tool to perform Linux administration in an automated way. And, using multiple desktop management tools to manage Windows, Mac and Linux computers can be a pain. Desktop Central helps administrators in increasing their efficiency by automating desktop management and managing heterogeneous operating systems using a single console.

Supported Versions

Currently Desktop Central supports the following versions of Linux computers

Note:See our complete Linux Flavor Comparison matrix for better visibility on the features supported by different versions of Linux OS.

Supported Features

Desktop Central supports the following features to simplify Linux administration in your enterprise:

  1. Asset Management

  2. Desktop Central's Asset management feature provides up-to-date information about the software and hardware used across the organisation along with web-based inventory management.

    • Scan systems periodically to collect complete hardware and software details.
    • Manage software licenses and warranty information.
    • Email notification alerts on hardware and software specific events.
    • Get comprehensive reports on hardware, software inventory, and license compliance.
  3. Patch Management

  4. The Patch Management feature provides various options to ensure that all Linux machines on your network are up to date with critical/recent security patches for Linux.

    • Automate patch deployment to Linux OS and third party applications.
    • Patch compliance audits and reports.
  5. Software Deployment

  6. Desktop Central offers over 170+ templates that enables administrators to distribute, install, update and uninstall software applications remotely as well as automatically.

    • Supports installing/uninstalling of DEB based applications.
    • Customize and schedule software deployment during non business hours.
  7. Configurations

  8. Execute custom scripts as configuration to perform repetitive administrative tasks at ease.

  9. Remote Control

    • Remotely access computers on LAN and WAN using Active X and HTML5 Viewer.
    • Prompts user confirmation before providing access to a remote desktop.
    • Multi-monitor support with easy switching options.

    Note: Remote control will work only if the X Window GUI component is available in agent computers.

  10. Insightful Desktop Management Reports

  11. Gain access to comprehensive reports on asset details, patch management, software deployment and custom reports.