LANDesk Client Manager

What Does LANDesk Client Manager Mean?

LANDesk Client Manager (LDCM) was an Intel software product for the administrators of local area networks (LAN) to monitor the configuration and status of connected equipment such as personal computers, workstations and printers.


The first release of LDCM, about 1999, was pre-installed by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), but required a basic input/output operating system (BIOS) supporting System Management BIOS Specification, Version 2.0.

Although founded in 1985, acquired by Intel in 1991 and considered the pioneer for desktop management software by 1993, there is little information available about LDCM.

Currently it is not listed among manufactured or supported products. In 2006 the company was purchased by Avocent, which was itself acquired by Emerson Electric in 2009. By August 2010, Thomas Bravo LLC announced intentions to acquire LANDesk Software and establish it as an independent company.

Techopedia Explains LANDesk Client Manager

LANDesk Client Manager was an implementation of the DMI (desktop management interface) Standard, which was established by the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF). DMI requires each connected component to provide a management information file (MIF).

LDCM included a PC health monitoring feature advising system administrators of such data as CPU and motherboard temperatures, a low memory condition, present boot viruses and similar data. It also monitored elements of all software and hardware.

LANDesk Client Manager is now considered a discontinued product.


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