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"It's a complete product that allows you to remote troubleshoot, has an inventory of systems.""The solution is stable.""ManageEngine Desktop Central's most valuable features are remote desktop control and image management. We can send things out from the desk here, it is a very good tool for us.""The centralized control of all of our Windows hardware that this solution offers has been most valuable to our organization.""All of Desktop Central's features are valuable, especially its simplicity.""In terms of technical capability, it is doing very well. It is doing better than other industry products. It is at a place where we can compare it with Microsoft products. Its scalability is also good.""The mobile functionality is very easy.""I like being able to image over the network. That's a nice feature that it has. Patch management is pretty decent on it as well."

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"The most valuable feature of N-able N-central is the many options it has."

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"The pricing could be a bit better.""Desktop Central has very good information, however, you can't customize the dashboards.""The pricing is lower than other well-respected solutions in this category.""The only problem with it is that the setup isn't very intuitive. I know that they just upgraded the product to make it a little bit easier to use, but compared to some of the other platforms, it is not easy to configure it, set it up, and get it running. However, once you have set it up and got it running, it runs great.""The team I've currently got is not using it particularly well, due to the fact that they don't know how to use it particularly well. They've not done any training and so on.""ManageEngine Desktop Central is very limited. When you scan your system, it will only recognize Microsoft Windows Defender and BitLocker.""The solution isn't fully stable, and, when it goes down, it's hard to get it up and running.""Documentation could improve so we don't need to create the support requests first."

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"N-able N-central could improve the remote access, my technicians have complained about it. They have used other free tools instead to compensate, such as TeamViewer. Additionally, when using remote access on the web, it is lacking reports."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I have been using the free version and am in the stage where I have to decide if I will proceed with the paid license, or instead choose another product."
  • "We pay about $250 a year for our license."
  • "The solution is very affordable."
  • "We had perpetual licenses. The cost was around 36,000, and then you'd have the yearly maintenance fee of 2,000 or 3,000."
  • "The pricing is very low, compared to other products. Compared to Intune or SCCM, it's much less. I can say it's a good product for less of a price."
  • "Affordable for any customer."
  • "Could provide more services on the standard license"
  • "The price could be cheaper."
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    Top Answer:ManageEngine Desktop Central is very easy to set up, is scalable, stable, and also has very good patch management. What I like most about ManageEngine is that I can log on to every PC very easily and… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing of the solution could be better. The solution should be better at integrating with other solutions. Right now, it's not the best.
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of N-able N-central is the many options it has.
    Top Answer:N-able N-central could improve the remote access, my technicians have complained about it. They have used other free tools instead to compensate, such as TeamViewer. Additionally, when using remote… more »
    Top Answer:We use N-able N-central for inventory, remote access, and automation for patch managers.
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    Also Known As
    Desktop Central, ManageEngine Desktop Management MSP
    SolarWinds N-central, SolarWinds MSP N-central
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    What is ManageEngine Desktop Central?

    ManageEngine Desktop Central is a desktop management solution that offers a central management system for desktops, servers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. It is a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution that can be scaled according to each organization's needs. Desktop Central is a modern approach to traditional desktop management services in that it offers in-depth and customizable options for regular endpoint management routines regarding automating software deployment, installing patches, and deploying OS.

    In addition to automating endpoint management routines, ManageEngine Desktop Central offers management of assets and software licenses, management of USB device usage, monitoring of software usage statistics, and more. The solution supports Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems, and users can manage all of their iOS, Windows, and Android devices, including smartphones and tablets, from a single console. Users can also apply restrictions on camera usage, application installations, and browsers while securing devices by requiring a passcode.

    Benefits of ManageEngine Desktop Central

    ManageEngine Desktop Central offers many benefits for users looking for a centralized desktop management solution. These benefits include:

    • Software management: Using thousands of preset application templates, users can deploy software to all endpoints within their network in a few clicks.
    • Endpoint security: Users can strengthen their endpoint security by monitoring browsers, controlling devices and applications in their network, and continuously evaluating vulnerabilities.
    • Configurations: Desktop Central offers more than 25 preset configurations, including Security Policies, Power Management, etc.
    • Patch Management: Automate patch deployment to secure enterprise networks.
    • IT Asset Management: Track warranty details and licensing while managing hardware and software resources in the network.
    • Remote Control: Remote desktops can be troubleshot with multi-user collaboration, video recording, file transfer, and more.
    • Mobile Device Management: Mobile devices can be centrally managed and configured securely.
    • Modern Management: Users can unify endpoint management using a similar approach by managing Windows 10 devices and mobile phones.
    • OS Imaging and Deployment: Users can automatically image and deploy OS software on Windows devices.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Users love ManangeEngine Desktop Central because of its ability to manage thousands of desktops from a central location.

    A manager of information technology at an engineering company writes, "It's a complete product that allows you to remote troubleshoot, has an inventory of systems."

    An IT systems manager at Algorythma notes, "The most important feature we found to be useful in the COVID situation is the secure connection, which gives the IT support staff the ability to seamlessly connect with the users remotely and in a secure way."

    Conquer network complexity with uncompromising precision. N‑ableN‑central® is our flagship remote monitoring and management platform that gives you the power to manage, automate, and protect at scale—and do more than you ever thought possible.

    • Available as an on-premises or hosted solution.
    • Scale easily to hundreds or thousands of devices.
    • Powerful automation tools for global or granular management.
    • Simple, efficient visibility and management from a single dashboard.
    • Proactive alerting with self-healing capabilities.
    • Advanced security solutions to protect in layers.
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    Sample Customers
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Strathallan School, BMI Healthcare, Comercial Kywi, First Priority Federal Credit Union, Gerab National Enterprises
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Construction Company4%
    Company Size
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise42%

    ManageEngine Desktop Central is ranked 1st in Client Desktop Management with 23 reviews while N-able N-central is ranked 10th in Remote Monitoring and Management Software with 1 review. ManageEngine Desktop Central is rated 8.0, while N-able N-central is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of ManageEngine Desktop Central writes "Useful for patching and software deployment, but needs a proactive remediation feature ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of N-able N-central writes "Responsive support, reliable, and plenty of features". ManageEngine Desktop Central is most compared with Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, VMware Workspace ONE, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus and Microsoft 365 Business, whereas N-able N-central is most compared with ConnectWise Automate, NinjaOne, ManageEngine Desktop Central MSP, Kaseya VSA and Atera.

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