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Do you manage multiple servers with RDP? This tool is for you!

April 17, 2007

Let’s face it, nowadays, system admins are responsible for many many servers. Depending on your environment, a good amount of them are managed remotely with good old Remote Desktop.

I still like Remote Desktop very well, especially the Console function. Just what is the console? Well, if you’re a newbie and do not know, as the name implies, the console connection is a RDP connection to the server’s physical console. This can be very handy if you are remotely working with applications that have issues functioning in a virtual environment. In layman’s terms, picture yourself ‘right at the server’.

Anyway, I came across this tool linked on another blog that I must share with you. It’s a FREEWARE application brought to you by Visionapp, called Visionapp Remote Desktop. But what does it do?

vRD is a tool which allows the management of RDP connections to servers. vRD is ideal for administrators who need to maintain simultaneous connections to multiple servers. Connection-specific settings and login credentials can be organized in folders and subfolders for quick access.

The new version 1.4 further extends the ease of use. Coming, amongst others, with a dynamic overview tab page over all established connections, the ability to choose the session window size through a drop down field and providing the option to set the RDP port, vRD offers many new features for hassle-free handling of multiple RDP connections.

The features of visionapp Remote Desktop (vRD) include:

  • Connection-specific settings and login credentials of servers can be organized in folders and subfolders for quick access.
  • Tabbed remote desktop where remote desktop consoles are accessible in the tabs.
  • Dynamic overview tab page over all established connections.
  • Ability to choose the session window size through a drop down field.
  • Option to set the RDP port.
  • Ability to sort remote servers by name alphabetically.

 

 

I love this tool so far. I have entered all of my credentials and terminal servers/SBS servers/Win 2003 servers that I use all the time. And it’s all in one spot. Forget having seperate RDP files for every connection. Everything is right in one little console, that’s very clean and super easy to use. Plus, it even has the option to connect to the console without editing the RDP shortcut (you know, the whole /console switch). It just makes life a whole lot easier!

Download is free, but you must register as a user on the visionapp website in order to acquire the download. But it’s very worth it, IMHO.

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