Remote Desktop Connection Manager
Download Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista
Users using Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 will need to obtain version 6 or newer of the Remote Desktop Connection client software:
Download details: Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update for Windows Vista (KB969084)
Download details: Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update for Windows XP (KB969085)
(The Windows XP version requires Windows XP Service Pack 3)
After downloading, if you’re running Windows XP (like I am in this example), make sure you’ve got RDC 7. If not, you need to install it from the above link.
This does not require a reboot.
Now we can install RDCMan.
Click Next and then Finish.
Now, run RDCMan from the Start menu.
First thing you want to do is to create a new connection file. Click on “File” > “New” and select the name and location of the file. You can later take this file from one computer to another.
Once the connection file is in place, create a new group by right-clicking on the connections icon and selecting “Add group”.
Enter a name for the group. This name can later be changed.
What’s nice about RDCMan is that the parent connection file can be configured with master properties such as logon credentials. Once configured, these settings are automatically inherited to the child objects, in this case to the group. The group then passes on these settings to the individual machines. In this case, I wanted to configure my group to have other credentials than the default ones. Therefore, I unselected “Inherit from parent” in the “Logon Credentials” tab and filled in my details.
Take a moment to look at the other tabs. We’ve got TS (or RD) Gateway settings, which allows you to connect to internal machines by using one externally available TS (or RD) Gateway.
We’ve got screen resolution settings:
We’ve got remote disk, printer, ports and clipboard settings. By default, only the clipboard is enabled.
And so on.
Next, add the machines you want to connect to. Right-click the group and select “Add server”.
You can also import the server list from a text file.
Enter the server’s name, IP, and any other setting you need which you do not want to be inherited from the parent group.
Once all servers are added, you can right-click a machine name and select “Connect server”. You can also double-click it’s thumbnail in the main pane.
The server’s thumbnail is now updated and it shows a realtime image of what’s seen on that server’s desktop.
You can also connect to the entire group at once. Right-click the group name and select “Connect group”.
Immediately, all machines are now connected.
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You can double-click on a thumbnail to expand the connection, or even go into full-screen.
It turns out that the thumbnails are view-only, and can actually be clicked upon. See how I opened one of the server’s Start menu by clicking on the miniaturized Start button.
When done, you can disconnect each machine, or the entire group at once.
Don’t forget to save the connection file before closing RDCMan!