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Favourite Windows Software #3 – Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

August 9, 2012

I am absolutely amazed by the number of people who do not use a remote desktop manager application.  There are a number in the market (most costing money and I have tried a few) but for me Microsoft’s free RDP manager is fine.

Here is an image of the software in action (borrowed from “The Exchange Team blog” at http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/):

The great thing about the software is the ability to store your login credentials within the options and these are then applied to each server (though can be overridden or removed at the group or server level down the tree structure).  This basically allows you to login to a server by a single click of the mouse.

Another nice feature is when you login to a server it is moved to the top of the list within the group it resides. So if you want to log into all of the servers within a group quickly you just keep clicking on the server at the bottom of the list.

You can also “detach” a server from the main console so you can see two server consoles at the same time (handy for multiple monitor set-ups).

Finally did you know when you log into a bunch of servers you can click on the “OK” to the security notice screen while in the group view (the one shown above).

If you need to login to multiple servers to make changes this tool really cannot be beaten (for free, anyway).

Download it here and see your productivity increase ten fold:

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

By the way, for those of you who say “but I use VMware to view server screens” this is fine, however:

(a) it is very slow (needs alot of bandwidth).

(b) it only logs you on as a console session.

Enjoy!

C

 

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