ManageEngine Desktop Central Review

Provides tools to maintain our environment with ease and deploy updates to machines


What is our primary use case?

We have about 180 endpoints that are spread across several buildings. We have an Active Directory environment. It is hard to maintain updates, install software, and do support in such an environment. Desktop Central has given tools to maintain our environment with ease, deploy updates to machines. Deploy software is an easy to use tool for our needs. The tool for remote support is so great with the ability to use shortcuts and chat. Also, we use an asset scan option very much to maintain an overview of our environment.

How has it helped my organization?

Since deploying Desktop Central our endpoints are all updated. We use configuration management to deploy shortcuts to our users' desktops with ease. Also, we use configuration management to map logical hard drives to our users. Our users are very happy with how much ease IT can solve their problems. Also, we have an overview of our complete IT environment and assets so we can upgrade our endpoints as needed. And we are an overall much secure IT environment since we deployed Desktop Central because all our endpoints are up to date.

What is most valuable?

Patch management is an excellent tool because we deploy patches with ease and also decline patches. Asset management and scan are also very useful because we have an overview of all our endpoints and their configurations. Remote connections to endpoints for support is great with chat, shortcuts to tools, and user keyboard locking. Also, notifications, if someone tries to remove any hardware from the endpoint, is working very well. We have somewhat used reporting options but it works very well and we will surely use it in the future.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see options for deploying Microsoft 365 accounts into Outlook. For now, we only can use it to deploy exchange accounts. Also, we would like to see an option do decline Windows 7 ESU patches in a bulk. For now, we have to decline them one by one which is not an easy process. Also, we are not clear about uninstalling Desktop Central patches from our server. That is not a problem for now but in the future, it could be. There should be some more clearance on how to uninstall Desktop Central patches and what are the consequences.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using it for six months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Great stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are a lot of scenarios for scalability but we have not tried it yet. ManageEngine has a lot of products that can be integrated with DesktopCentral, like Service Desk Plus and Browser Security plus but we have not tried it yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Had no need for customer service or technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

It is very easy to setup and tutorials and online support are great.

What about the implementation team?

We deployed it in-house.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is very easy to understand and pricing is right for what you get.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

10.0.555
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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