How to Deploy / Install ManageEngine Desktop Central Agent on Widows 11 using Microsoft Intune

ManageEngine Desktop Central Agent is required for managing client PC’s from Desktop Central Agent. Its a lightweight software which can be deployed on the client’s PC using different methods.

If you are using On-Premise Active Directory, then you can use GPO and deploy it using a startup script or if you are using Microsoft Intune then an intune package can be created and uploaded to the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center and then deploy the package from there.

Third option is to deploy it manually using the setup file in the installation folder. In this blog post, we are going to use Microsoft Intune for Deployment of ManageEngine desktop central agent on Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems.

How to Install ManageEngine Desktop Central Agent Manually on a PC

  1. Download Agent from Desktop Central-->Agent-->Computers-->Download Agent
  2. Select respective office to download the Agent setup.
  3. Extract the zip file, Double click on setup.bat and Select Option 2 to Install WAN Agent on this Computer (As also shown in below screenshot). Ignore the Install.bat file for now as this file is created by me which will look into it later when we are going to create Intune Package.
ManageEngine Desktop Central Setup.bat

Install ManageEngine Desktop Central Agent using Microsoft Intune

  • Download Agent from Desktop Central --> Agent --> Computers --> Download Agent.
  • Select respective office to download the Agent setup.
  • Extract the zip file.
  • Create a File Install.bat in the same folder where all other installation files are (as shown in the screenshot above).

Contents of Install.bat file:

msiexec /i DesktopCentralAgent.msi /qn REBOOT="REALLYSUPPRESS" MSIRESTARTMANAGERCONTROL="Disable" TRANSFORMS=DesktopCentralAgent.mst ENABLESILENT=yes

Use below process to repackage the application / setup files to .intunewin file. Launch command prompt, change the current folder to where Microsoft Win32 Content Prep Tool is downloaded and run below command.

Replace setup_folder with C:\DesktopCentral_Agent (this is where all your setup files are kept)

setup_file with Install.bat

Output_folder with C:\output (this is the folder where .intunewin file will be generated)

IntuneWinAppUtil.exe -c <setup_folder> -s <setup_file> -o <output_folder>
IntuneWinAppUtil Available command line parameters

Example:

.\IntuneWinAppUtil.exe -c C:\DesktopCentral_Agent -s Install.bat -o C:\output

IntuneWinAppUtil.exe command example

Output Folder:

Intunewin file screenshot

Now once .intunewin file has been created, we will now upload this file on Endpoint Manager admin center using the following steps:

  • Login on EndPoint Manager Admin Center.
  • Click on Apps -> All Apps -> + Add
  • Select App Type to Windows app (Win32)
  • Click on Select.
  • Select app package file and browse to install.intunewin and click Ok.
  • Enter / Update the Name of the Application and Publisher Information and click Next.
Add App on Microsoft Endpoint Manager Admin Center.

Program Tab

  • Install Command Install.bat
  • Uninstall Command %SystemRoot%\system32\msiexec.exe /x{6AD2231F-FF48-4D59-AC26-405AFAE23DB7} MSIRESTARTMANAGERCONTROL=Disable REBOOT="ReallySuppress" /qn
  • Device restart behaviourNo Specific Action
  • Click Next.
Program Tab

Requirements Tab

  • Operating System Architecture 64-bit
  • Minimum Operation SystemWindows 10 1607
Requirements Tab

Detection Rules Tab

  • Rules format – Manually configure detection rules
  • Click on + Add, Select Rule type MSI.
  • MSI Product Code {6AD2231F-FF48-4D59-AC26-405AFAE23DB7}
  • MSI product version check – No
Detection Rules Tab

Assignments Tab

Assign the application to your pilot users or all the users as per your requirement.

Assignments Tab

After you click on Create, it will upload the files and then push the agent to the users which are in your Pilot Group.

Monitor the Installation.

You can check the status of the installation from Application -> Monitor Device Install Status or User Install Status.

Monitor the Installation
App Overview