Welcome to ManageEngine Desktop Central - an easy-to- install, ready-to-use product that eases desktop administration by providing access to almost all desktop administrative functions from a single point.

Working with Desktop Central

Starting Desktop Central

Desktop Central can be started in any of the following ways:

  1. Double-click the ManageEngine Desktop Central icon from the desktop.
  2. Select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central --> Start Desktop Central

Starting the Desktop Central automatically launches the client in the default browser.

Note: 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:

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

You should Unblock these programs to start Desktop Central.

Starting Desktop Central Client

  1. Open a JavaScript-enabled Web Browser. For example, Internet Explorer.
  2. Type http://localhost:8020 OR http://Host Name:8020 in the address bar and press "Enter".
    Note: By default, Desktop Central runs on port 8020.
  3. In the login page enter a valid user name and password. This provides an authenticated access to Desktop Central. By default, the user name and password are "admin" and "admin" respectively.
  4. Click "Login".
  5. The Desktop Central Client is launched in the Web browser.

Steps to be Performed after Initial Login

  1. Define the scope of management - Scope can be limited to a small set of computers or the whole domain
  2. Setup Software Deployment
  3. Setup Patch Management
  4. Setup Mobile Device Management
  5. Setup Asset Management
  6. Setup User Logon Reports
  7. Define and apply configurations to either users or computers. The configurations will get applied during user logon / computer startup or during the 90 minutes refresh cycle, whichever is earlier,
  8. View the status if the configurations applied to the users/computers.

Stopping Desktop Central

To stop Desktop central, Select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central --> Stop Desktop Central OR execute the command "DCService.bat -p" in the location <DesktopCentral_Home>/bin directory.

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To uninstall Desktop Central, select Start --> Programs --> ManageEngine Desktop Central --> Uninstall

License Agreement

Please refer to the LICENSE_AGREEMENT before using the package.

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