Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant and speaker on a variety of IT topics.
His published work includes Learning Windows Server 2003 from O'Reilly and regularly appears in periodicals such as Windows® IT Pro, PC Pro and TechNet Magazine.
In terms of functionality, Hassell found Goverlan's 'Scope Actions' feature to offer more extensive management options that can be pushed globally with only a few clicks, noting; "One of the big differentiators between the two products is the Scope Actions tool in Goverlan, which allows you to easily define a scope of targets-they could be users, computers or groups-using powerful filtering and selection criteria.
Then, define the administrative actions to perform on that scope, which can be essentially anything Windows permits you to do, including Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) queries, and then run those actions either on an ad-hoc, scheduled or recurring basis.
While Desktop Central allows you to define actions across multiple machines, I found the availability of options and the granularity of setting up a proper scope much easier and much more powerful with Goverlan-something that pays off more and more as your network grows."
For the categories of remote control and desktop sharing, Hassell
wrote; "ManageEngine Desktop Central Sharing uses a web-based component involving either ActiveX or Java to initiate remote sessions without requiring an agent.
For clients running Windows, Goverlan
uses an agent that has access to a single TCP port for communications; the software also works with both Mac OS X and Linux computers using the VNC protocol.
Desktop Central Sharing works only with Windows 2000 and later and no alternative platforms.
Both products encrypt the remote control traffic for added protection.
also works well with virtual desktop infrastructure-based deployments, allowing an administrator to shadow multiple client sessions on a single virtual host that uses Microsoft's Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services as well as Citrix's Xen line of VDI products, just as simply as a console session on a physical computer."
While evaluating both products, Hassell
also found differences in performance speed and ease of implementation, observing; "The ManageEngine Desktop Central console is web-based and all configuration and operation is performed from within a web browser.
independent comparison, Hassell
concluded; "While ManageEngine Desktop Central seems quite capable, I believe Goverlan
presents a meaningfully better overall value for the money, with a lower price point to begin with, a perpetual right to use the entire software suite by default, a unified set of capabilities in same product as opposed to edition thresholds to navigate, and an ability to manage an unlimited number of client machine targets per administrator."
To read the complete review by Jonathan Hassell
originally released on January 8th 2013, please go to The Remote IT Admin Blog.