How to Change the Web Server Port Used by the Desktop Central MSP Application?


Heather Bennett

Changing the Web Server Port Used by the Desktop Central MSP Application

Are you looking to change the web server port used by the Desktop Central MSP application? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to modify the port number.

By default, Desktop Central MSP uses port 8383 for its web server. However, you may want to change it to a different port for various reasons like avoiding conflicts with other applications or complying with your organization’s security policies.

Step 1: Accessing the Configuration Files

To begin, navigate to the installation directory of Desktop Central MSP on your server. The default location is typically C:\ManageEngine\DesktopCentral_MSP\conf.


If you have installed Desktop Central MSP in a different location, adjust the path accordingly.

Step 2: Opening the Server Configuration File

Locate and open the file named using a text editor of your choice.

Step 3: Modifying the Port Number

In the file, find the line that begins with # HTTP/HTTPS Port Numbers. This line contains two properties – httpPort and httpsPort.

  • To change the HTTP port number, locate and modify the value assigned to httpPort. For example, if you wish to change it to port 8080, replace #httpPort=8383 with httpPort=8080.
  • If you also want to change the HTTPS port number, locate and modify the value assigned to httpsPort.


If you want to use a different port for HTTPS, uncomment the httpsPort line by removing the ‘#’ at the beginning of the line and assign the desired port number. For example, change #httpsPort=8443 to httpsPort=8443.

Step 4: Saving the Changes

After making the necessary modifications, save and close the file.

Step 5: Restarting Desktop Central MSP Services

To apply the changes, you need to restart the Desktop Central MSP services. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. Navigate to the bin directory using the command: cd C:\ManageEngine\DesktopCentral_MSP\bin. (Ensure you adjust this path if your installation directory is different.)
  3. Type in the command: service.bat restart all.

This will restart all Desktop Central MSP services with your new web server port configuration.


You have successfully changed the web server port used by Desktop Central MSP. Now you can access Desktop Central MSP using your specified port number, such as http://localhost:/msp or https://localhost:/msp.

Note that if you have a firewall or any other security measures in place, make sure to update them accordingly to allow the new port for Desktop Central MSP.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of changing the web server port for Desktop Central MSP. Enjoy using the application with your preferred port configuration!

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