Windows system administrators generally prefers RDP for server management. Management some servers with Remote Desktop Tool is easy and practical. But If we have 50-100 or more servers it may became a nightmare. We have to remember their IP address or Host names and write them every time we want to connect. There is a native solution provided by Microsoft named Remote Desktop Connection Manager or RDCMan .
We can download this lightweight tool as msi file from following url.
Installation is easy as most of the other Windows applications. Just Next-Next-Next. By the way do not forget to accept the License Agreement.
We can find the RDCMan applications from start menu just typing
Remote . It will be listed after RDP tool.
RDCMan consist of a menubar, a left side menu and a main part
Menubaris used to configure RDCMan
Left Side Menuis used to list saved sessions and connections.
Main partis used to show remote session desktop
Create Database For RDCMan
Remote Desktop Connections are stored in a minimal database. For the first time usage this database should be created. This provides the flexibility to use multiple databases which contains different data sets. We can also exchange existing database with others easily. We should create a database for RDCMan to store saved session information.
We name the database file name as
mysessions and put wherever we want.
After the database created we will see the file name in the side menu like below.
Add Remote Server
For remote connection we will add Server by using
Add server menu item. We can now add servers to our current database named mysession just right clicking on it.
After that we will get following screen where we can set server or session configuration in detail. Just providing following information is enough
Server nameshows the host name or IP address of the remote system.
Display nameis used to label connection and should be easy to remember.
As we can see in the previous screenshot there is a lot of detail options about the remote desktop connection to a remote server.
Remote Desktop Settingsis used to set remote desktop properties
Local Resourcesis used to set resource sharing like File, Voice, Devices etc.
Security Settingsis used to configure connection settings like encryption
Logon credentials can be provided before connecting to the remote system and can be saved for future use. From security view point be sure that all these information and database is residing in a secured system.
After the first session is saved under the mysession group the it will be listed like below.
Connect Remote Server
Remote connections can be started just clicking from left side bar or if listed from main part of the RDCMan.
Edit Existing Servers
All ready create remote connections or servers can be edited just right click and select
Properties like below.