Central Enterprise Management Tool ( CEMT )

In the Open Dental install folder, run CentralManager.exe.

After logging on, the Central Manager - Admin CEMT window will open.

The Central Enterprise Management Tool (CEMT) allows Multiple Locations to use separate databases at each location, yet have a centrally located management tool to interact with all the databases.


Updates: To prevent accidental updates of Open Dental when multiple locations potentially run different Open Dental versions, set an Update Server Name (also known as Middle Tier Server Name) in Miscellaneous Setup. This computer will be the one and only computer that has permission to execute updates.

See Advanced Topics.

How it Works

The CentralManager.exe is shipped and installed in the same Open Dental folder as the main program. It connects to a mostly blank Open Dental database (e.g. dbcentral) that does not have any patient information or use most of the normal tables. It does have some of its own tables that are ignored by the ordinary Open Dental program. Before initial use, you must configure the CentralManagerConfig.xml file. See CEMT Setup.

From this central location you can easily:

Central Manager Window


Search Connections: Search connections for a Connection Name, Clinic or Provider. Enter text then click Refresh to update the list. The Connections list will update with connections that have matching results.

Connection Groups: Click a dropdown option to only view connections for a specific group. Set the default on the Connection Groups window.

Connection Tools: Before using a tool, select the database connection(s).

Connections: Each connection already setup is listed, along with its version in relation to the CEMT database version.


Problem: Version information is in red text after 'Refresh Connection'.

Solution: This means the Open Dental database is using an older version than the CEMT, and thus can't be synced with or connected to. The CEMT will not interact with the database until it is updated.

Problem: Name conflicts when syncing users (states which names are in conflict).

Solution: Rename the CEMT user using a unique user name. Because CEMT users never show up in the normal Open Dental interface, their username can be anything. For example, Open Dental user Sally, could use SallyCEMT as her CEMT username. The chances of conflicts are very slim. After renaming users, make sure to sync all Open Dental databases.

Problem: Log in failed message when trying to connect to an Open Dental database.

Solution: Sync the CEMT credentials for the user to the Open Dental database.