MeshCentral2 - Running as an Appliance

Published: 12/12/2018  

Last Updated: 12/12/2018

By Ylian Saint-Hilaire

MeshCentral is an open source web based remote computer management web site. One of the interesting advantages of MeshCentral version 2 is that the server is written entirely in NodeJS and so, can run on many operating systems, including Linux. In addition, it can run very efficiently on tiny appliance devices with limited, CPU and RAM. For example, you can load it on a ASUS Tinker Board, a Latte Panda, a Raspberry Pi or any of such devices. Once installed, it can easily manage 100’s of devices on a local network including remote management thru Intel® AMT when available. You can often install very light operating systems on these appliances that don’t run X Windows, freeing a lot of storage space and RAM.

The appliance form factor is perfect for an always on server that you can keep attached to a network router. Some of these boards can run using Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) so, only one cable needs to be plugged in. Once you have a device, get started using our MeshCentral Installer’s Guide to get MeshCentral installed on it. The guide has specific instructions for the Raspberry Pi, but other devices should be about the same. Then, you can plug in your device on a network you want to manage and use the MeshDiscovery tool on Windows to find and access the new mini-server. To help users, there is a quick startup guide.

In LAN mode, the MeshCentral server is setup to operate without a static name or IP address. To work in this mode, Mesh Agents will multicast on the local network to find the server and connect to it. This mode makes is easy to start using MeshCentral on your local network without the need to know anything about you network. It just works.

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