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The visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2 Setup Wizard

In response to my TechRepublic tutorial about Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection Manager, a number of members posted comments about which tool their organization uses for server administration.

One tool I decided to learn more about is visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2. The current version of visionapp Remote Desktop was born through the combination of the open source tool mRemote and the then current version of visionapp Remote Desktop. Since this conglomeration, the open source mRemote is no longer under development; all development activity is now focused squarely on the commercial visionapp Remote Desktop tool.

Available in free and pay editions, visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2 enables admins to connect to servers using these connection methods: RDP, ICA, VNC, SSH, HTTP, and Telnet. If you ever identify a need for an additional protocol, visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2 can be extended to support that new service, too.

What sets visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2 apart from some other tools is its ability to share connections between many desktops; it can also save all connection information into a database so that many people in the department can reuse the connection. With this feature, connections only need to be set up one time. The sharing feature is available only in the product's pay edition. The free edition can be used by individual users in a standalone way and can manage up to three concurrent connections. This makes it somewhat limited but still useful.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the process of installing and configuring visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2. I am working with a trial version of the product's pay edition. visionapp Remote Desktop 2010 R2 starts at $99 and goes down in price as you add more administrators.

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Installation and initial configuration
To start the installation process, double-click Remote Desktop 2010 R22010R2_withSqlExpr_inclPatch3.exe. You will get an installation screen like the one here. (I don't display every program installation screen, since they're all pretty much like any other installation.)

Note: If you prefer to install the product without shared database support, install using the Remote Desktop 2010 R22010R2_inclPatch3.exe executable instead. Bear in mind that this installs the program in a single-user mode that doesn't allow connections.

Screenshot by Scott Lowe for TechRepublic