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Remote Desktop Connection Manager v2.90 (rdcman)

Remote Desktop Connection Manager v2.90

Introduction:

Multiple remote desktop connections are managed by RDCMan. It is helpful for maintaining server laboratories in places like data centers and automated check-in systems where you require regular access to each machine.

Groups with names are used to organize servers. With a single command, you can connect or disengage from every server in a group. Each session's live activity will be displayed as a series of thumbnails for all the servers in the group. A parent group or a credential store can pass on their logon settings to servers. As a result, you only need to update the password RDCMan has stored once when you change the password for your lab account. Passwords are encrypted using either CryptProtectData with the (locally) logged in user's authorization or an X509 certificate to be saved securely.

Users that have operating systems older than Windows 7 or Vista must install Terminal Services Client version 6. This is available through the Microsoft Download Center: XP; Win2003

Upgrade warning: This version of RDCMan's RDG files are incompatible with earlier iterations of the software. The filename.old extension will be used to backup any legacy RDG files that were opened and saved with this version.

The Display:

The menu, a tree containing collections of servers, a splitter bar, and a client area make up the Remote Desktop Connection Manager interface.

The Menu:

There are several top-level menus in RDCMan:

  • File - load, save, and close RDCMan file groups
  • Edit - add, remove, and edit the properties of servers and groups.
  • Session - connect, disconnect and log off sessions
  • View - options to control the visibility of the server tree, virtual groups and size of the client area
  • Remote Desktops - allows access to the groups and servers in a hierarchical fashion, similar to the server tree; primarily useful when the Server Tree is hidden
  • Tools - change application properties
  • Help - learn about RDCMan (you probably already found this)

The Tree:

By right-clicking on a tree node, the majority of tasks, including adding, deleting, and editing servers and groups, can be completed. Drag-and-drop can be used to move servers and groups.

Keyboard shortcuts:

  • Enter: Connect to selected server.
  • Shift+Enter: Connect to the selected server using the Connect As feature.
  • Delete: Remove selected server or group.
  • Shift+Delete: Remove selected server or group without question.
  • Alt+Enter: Open properties dialog for selected server or group.
  • Tab: If a connected server is selected, give it focus.

To position the tree at the left or right window edge, select [View.Server tree location] from the menu.

The [View.Server tree visibility] menu option allows you to dock, automatically hide, or always hide the server tree. Servers can still be accessible through the Remote Desktops menu while the server tree is not visible. The splitter bar at the left side of the window is still visible when the tree is automatically hidden. The server tree will reappear when you hover over it.

The Client Area:

The client area display depends on the node selected in the tree. If a server is selected, the client area shows the remote desktop client for that server. If a group is selected, the client area shows a thumbnail of the servers within that group. The size of the client area can be specified via the View menu, as well as resizing the RDCMan window. Use [View.Lock window size] to prevent the window from being resized by dragging the frame.

Caution: Connected servers can receive focus from keyboard navigation of the thumbnail view. It is not always obvious which server has focus, so be careful. There is a setting to control this: [Display Settings.Allow thumbnail session interaction].

Full Screen Mode:

Select the server to give it focus, then press Ctrl+Alt+Break to operate with it in full screen mode (this key is configurable, see Shortcut Keys.) Press Ctrl+Alt+Break once again to exit full screen mode, or utilize the minimize/restore buttons in the connection title bar. If the monitor spanning option is enabled, multiple monitors may be spanned.

Shortcut Keys:

The complete list of shortcut keys for Terminal Services is available here. The Hot Keys tab allows you to configure some of these.

Files:

A remote desktop file group is the highest level of organizational structure in RDCMan. File groups are groups and/or servers that are compiled into a single physical file for storage. Servers and groups are unable to exist independently of one another.

The only difference between a file and a server group is that a file cannot change its parent.

Groups:

Lists of servers and configuration details like logon credentials are contained in groups. One group's configuration settings or the program defaults may be inherited by another group. Although groups can be nested, they are homogenous; a group can only contain servers or other groups, not both. A group of servers can be connected or disconnected all at once.

The servers beneath a selected group in the tree view are shown in a thumbnail view. The thumbnails can simply display the connection status or the real server windows. Display Settings controls group/server-specific settings, while the [Tools.Options.Client Area] tab controls global thumbnail view settings.

Smart Groups

Smart groups are populated dynamically based on a set of rules. All ancestors of sibiling groups of the smart group are eligible for inclusion.

The Connected Virtual Group

When a server is in the connected state, it is automatically added the to Connected virtual group. Servers cannot be explicitly added or removed from the Connected group.

The Connected group can be toggled on/off via the View menu.

The Reconnect Virtual Group

There are sometimes situations where a server disconnects and will be intentionally offline for an unspecified length of time, e.g. when rebooting after an OS update. When this is the case, drag the server in question to the Reconnect group. RDCMan will continually attempt to connect to the server until it is successful.

The Reconnect group can be toggled on/off via the View menu.

The Favorites Virtual Group

The Favorites virtual group is a flat file of your favorite servers. You can add any server from the server tree. This is helpful when you have many servers in the tree and often work with a handful of servers from different groups.

The Favorites group can be toggled on/off via the View menu.

The Connect To Virtual Group

The Connect To Virtual Group contains the servers that are not members of user-created groups. See Ad Hoc Connections for details.

The Connect To group is visible while ad hoc connections exist and disappears when there are none.

The Recent Virtual Group

The Recent Virtual Group contains the servers that have been recently accessed.

The Recent group can be toggled on/off via the View menu.

for more info : microsoft.com

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