Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a great tool to consolidate multiple RDP connections into a single window to prevent desktop clutter.
The tool can be downloaded from here:
It will install into the x86 Program Files folder on a x64 machine
C:\Program Files (x86)\Remote Desktop Connection Manager
The help file is located in the same directory - help.htm
Say a big thank you to Julian Burger the dev who wrote this and David Zazzo for working to get it released!!
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I love this tool and use it every day! Thank you, Julian and David. Is there anywhere to submit bug reports?
Hi Andrew - I can certainly pass your comments on.
Please use the email blog author in the right hand pane
I very much like this product and use it in my roll as Consultant for an international IT services company. Being able to create a group for each customer - then sub group for their locations, with systems there located within - is a big time saver, especially when coupled with RDCman's feature to inherent settings. Also, because the settings are kept by group, one can share the group file with coworkers and therefore save each other a ton of work recreating the connections.
One really appreciates RDCman when used in conjunction with a Remote Desktop Gateway - beautiful!
Thank you Julian and David!
One question I have, is there a way to report suspected bugs and know when new releases come out?
Clay Goss, Sr. IT Consultant
I do not believe that there is an official channel for reporting/feedback/notificaiton. If you want, use the email blog author on the right and I can proxy the comments on for you.
Great Tool. Excellent Job!!! One suggestion though. It would be great if you could add Ping, TraceRT and Nslookup on the menu when right clicking the server name. This would be great feature :-)
This is a great tool, thanks. Two minor suggestions - I'd like a list of "Connected" sessions at the top of the server tree, since I have many servers in many groups and would like faster access to the ones I'm actively using. Also, I think a "Reconnect" option would be nice. Currently if a session locks I generally disconnect and connect so I don't have to reenter what can be long, complex passwords. Or if there's a way to unlock a connected session that would be great too.
Good suggestions - let me add them to the internal tool site. I don't know if/when this will be updated but if it is I'll repost to my blog and update the article.
My company finally upgraded my desktop to Win7. But now RDCMan works differently than it did on XP. Our network has many different domain suffixes. x.acme.com, y.acme.com, etc. Because acme.com is in the suffix search list, my RDC servers were server1.x, server2.y. On XP these connections worked because RDC use the suffix search list. On Win7 RDCman is NOT using the suffix search list and I have about 100 remote connections that I now need to alter the connection names on. Why does RDCMan not use the suffix search list when running on Win7 like it did on XP?
Found the problem. Of course it was not RDCMan...
MS Changed Win7 do not use suffix search list on partially qualified DNS names.
They call partial names "unqualified multi label names"
It was not obvious because NSLookup uses its own rules about dns suffixes
Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Network/DNS Client/Allow DNS Suffix Appending to Unqualified Multi-Label Name Queries=True
Thanks for sharing the fix Craig!
Awesome Tool! - Can it be connected to AD?
not sure about exactly what you are looking for. Can you clarify please?
It would be great if there is search option. If I have 10 groups/servers with 50 VMs connections with different names (not numbers), e.g. user first name_last name, it's very difficult to find out the connection e.g. Rh_Milne that you are looking for.
Hi Vassil, that is something that has been added to the wish list.
Great tool. Should be part of the Remote Server Administration Tools set.