PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

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PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:43 am

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... x?id=21101

I found this while looking for a way to turn off printer redirection for RDPing into servers.

(can find that here if anyone's interested: http://blog.powerbiz.net.au/fixes/how-t ... rver-host/ )

Anyway, this thing is pretty dang handy. I made a group and then added servers to it. I can make the group have my main stored admin authentication and the servers inherit permissions from the group. For specific servers I can override and use different credentials. Following the whole AD thing I guess. And thumbnail previews!

After about 15 minutes messing with it I think I have a pretty good feel of it. I can probably do much more with it than I am, but as a simple RDP manager it's fab.


Edit: tl;dr other suggested programs from this thread...

RDTabs
http://www.avianwaves.com/Tech/Tools/RDTabs.aspx

mRemoteNG
http://www.mremoteng.org/

xRDP (Linux RDP client)
http://www.xrdp.org/
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:38 am

RDCM is great. One of the things that I really like, because my job focuses on server security, is that you can send your .rdg to a co-worker (say a new member of the team) and it will make your password unusable (giving you the error "Unable to decrypt password.") That means if you have a fairly large amount of servers, all the new guy has to do is update their username and password and they're good-to-go. All of the servers are already there, so there's no time wasted spent setting up groups, servers, etc. The same goes for backing up all of your RDPs. Just save the file, put it somewhere safe, and retrieve it when necessary.
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:56 am

How does it compare to RDTabs?
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:40 am

http://www.avianwaves.com/Tech/Tools/RDTabs.aspx

I didn't know that existed until you pointed it out. Might have to give it a try sometime.
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:44 am

Sadly both RDTabs and RDCMan suffer from crashing specially if you have a lot of servers and leave it up for a LONG time (1-2 weeks usually between reboots.) I however learned about mRemoteNG which seems to mostly be similar to them except ... it stays up no problem. Haven't had a single crash since I moved over to it.
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:26 pm

RDTabs has been great for me. Yes, there's an occasional crash, but the batch-editing of favorites is wonderful
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:46 pm

I've got to deal with about 50 Windows VMs running in the Sony internal VM cloud and so when it crashes, it hurts me bad. :)
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:24 am

Oh this is spectacular. I spend much of my day RDP'd into a handful of servers. Not 50 or anything, but enough that all those windows can get unwieldy. :lol:

Never heard of RD Tabs before this thread, looks pretty cool too.
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:05 am

xRDP is pretty cool, install it on linux boxes, able to manage them with any windows client with no extra software.
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Re: PSA: Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Postposted on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:26 am

mRemoteNG
http://www.mremoteng.org/

xRDP
http://www.xrdp.org/

I just like being able to organize the RDP connections. I don't leave my work computer on for weeks at a time so if the program isn't stable after more than a day, it really won't affect my workflow. Heck, I close it when I don't need it, too, but to each their own.

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