If you are a shortcut freak, you probably have dozens of .rdp files on your computer to connect to this or that server or computer or VM. If you aren’t, probably you never connect to computers (or you are a little masochistic).
I have a few problems with them:
-I have a lot of them (too many of them)
-If I want to connect to the console, you need to create a .cmd file with the following in it: %windir%\system32\mstsc.exe “C:\…\TheRDPFile.rdp” /admin
But this opens a dos-box that you need to close manually (maybe with some other command, it is possible but I never tried it out).
-Sometimes I have 3 or 4 or more connections open and that means 3 or 4 or more extra windows (When people see me working, they are surprised [sometimes even scarred!]) because I have a lot of Windows open. While writing this post, I have 20 Windows open. You have my permission to be surprised or be scared.
So, why this post? I found the solution to make my life a little easier: Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan). It is a tool that was written by Microsoft for internal use, but they released it externally.
What are (some) the features of it?
- all your rdp-sessions remain in only 1 window
-you can define groups and subgroups of rdp-sessions with the same properties (like the same login+password)
-you can open/log of/disconnect multiple sessions in 1 go.
-you can open a session to the console without problems (just switch a toggle)
-you can easily see all sessions at the same moment (and even work in them but a VERY big screen would be useful here)
-you can make all Windows key combos go to the session even if it is not full screen
It installs in a moment and without problems. You can virtualize it, so you can just copy it from PC to PC (I used VMWare THINAPP for it).
Here is another blog with more info about it: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2010/06/11/3410093.aspx
And you can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21101