Networking

Configure Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Installation of RDCMan

There are days when I look down at my taskbar and see way too many open connections to servers and I can't remember what's what. In our small IT shop, my staff and I wear many hats, and we all have varying needs to jump on different servers to accomplish a necessary task. It can be a challenge to keep track of our 15 physical servers and our 40 - 45 virtual servers, particularly when it comes to connecting to multiple servers that house related servers. For example, is it the server named SQL04 or is it the server named SQL08 that houses the SharePoint database? As you move into larger environments, it gets even worse as the number of servers grows exponentially.

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) makes our administrative task of keeping track of remote desktop connections much easier. RDCMan aggregates Windows server remote desktop connections so administrators can connect to server with a point and a click rather than hunting around for a connection. Here are configuration tips for getting the most out of RDCMan.

Note: My default is Windows 7, but if you intend to use RDCMan with Windows XP, you may need to install version 6 or higher of the Remote Desktop Connection client software. I also included a link to RDCMan 7 for Windows Vista below.


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Installation
Installation is a breeze; you just double-click it and then click Next a couple of times.

28 comments
seancjcc
seancjcc

There is no pdf for this !

alan_stiver
alan_stiver

Looks a lot like the Remote Desktops snap-in for the mmc console in Microsoft's Administrative Tools.

wintev
wintev

pitty it won't work with 7

rasilon
rasilon

I'm interested in this programand I'll probably test it out (always looking for new techniques). However, I have accomplished much of it just using Libraries and Jump lists. I created RDP connections for each of my servers in a folder and than I created a Library with that folder. I then Added a single RDP toolbar icon and added/pinned each one to the jump list. Now, if I want to access a server, I right click the RDP toolbar iconand I have a full list of connections to all my servers.

wanharris
wanharris

Another alternative method, is using Norton Symantec PcAnywhere which i have been using almost a decade now for big organisation.

teeeceee
teeeceee

I have been using UltimateRDCMMC for years. It ships with WS 2003 (I think) and I think TechRepublic posted an article on its installation and configuration a while (years) back.

lb
lb

Why not use something like mRemote?

tcurtispc2
tcurtispc2

I have found that VisionApps Remote Desktop works much better and can accomodate more than just RDP connections. They have a limited trial app (15 connections) and even the paid app is not that bad (in cost). I was using the RDCMan before I switched to VisionApp.

SBMongoos
SBMongoos

Be great to be able to print this full article to PDF. Don't see the usual print option.

1LUV1T
1LUV1T

I purchased it a while back, it's very cool and intuitive.

zloeber
zloeber

Look on codeplex.com for a program call terminals. I've been using this for a while now and don't know that I could be half as effective in my daily tasks without it.

tcurtispc2
tcurtispc2

I can see where the latest VisionApp Remote Desktop got it's "bells and whistles". Very cool. I was easily able to add external remote control apps to the mix. Nice...

NonBreaker
NonBreaker

Why use mRemote? What advantages does it have over using RDC Manager? Your original comment by itself just isn't enough to sway me...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Articles and discussions like this are why I keep coming back here. (Well, that and annoying Jason.) I was unaware this type of software existed. I'm eagerly anticipating getting back to the office next week and trying some of these. Thanks. to Scott and everyone who has responded so far.

Brian.Burtis
Brian.Burtis

The last free version was 1.5.1. If I didn't have the free version, I would pay the $30 that they are selling the current version for. www code4ward net

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

mRemote is dead. You can still download it but no work has been done on it since 2008. It was merged into a commercial product called Visionapp Remote Desktop.

PeterM42
PeterM42

Got it. Thanx - very useful article.

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

I use it and like the way I can separate connections; by department, location, etc. Easy to manage and maintain...

imsoscareed
imsoscareed

Actually the lateset free version is 1.6.9

Nimmo
Nimmo

I actually prefer Royal TS for the simple fact I am able to set passwords on the data file, plus the ability to add additional pre-connect tasks.

saturno
saturno

Hi everyone, Just want to contribute with this: mRemote has given place to mRemoteNG which is still available at www dot mremoteng dot org. It works flawlessly and IMHO its support for multiple protocols is a must. Regards,