Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) Tutorial

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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 .

Download

We can download this lightweight tool as msi file from following url.

https://download.microsoft.com/download/A/F/0/AF0071F3-B198-4A35-AA90-C68D103BDCCF/rdcman.msi

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.

Start

We can find the RDCMan applications from start menu just typing Remote . It will be listed after RDP tool.

Start RDCMan
Start RDCMan

RDCMan consist of a menubar, a left side menu and a main part

  • Menubar is used to configure RDCMan
  • Left Side Menu is used to list saved sessions and connections.
  • Main part is 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.

Create Database For RDCMan
Create Database For RDCMan

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.

Create Database For RDCMan
Create Database For RDCMan

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.

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Add Remote Server
Add Remote Server

After that we will get following screen where we can set server or session configuration in detail. Just providing following information is enough

  • Server name shows the host name or IP address of the remote system. 
  • Display name is used to label connection and should be easy to remember.
Remote Server Connection Properties
Remote Server Connection Properties

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 Settings is used to set remote desktop properties
  • Local Resources is used to set resource sharing like File, Voice, Devices etc.
  • Security Settings is used to configure connection settings like encryption

Logon Credentials

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.

Logon Credentials
Logon Credentials

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.

Connect
Connect

Edit Existing Servers

All ready create remote connections or servers can be edited just right click and select Properties like below.

Edit Existing Servers
Edit Existing Servers

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