Connecting to multiple remote desktops from a single console

For a couple of times now I have seen a number of people doing remote desktops and they tend to navigate from one remote desktop window to another. Switching back and forth in a couple of windows sometimes is unproductive to some, and for me it just leaves clutter on my desktop. 

I just want to share a tool called Remote Desktops that allows you to connect to multiple remote desktops from a single MMC console.

I’m still using a Windows Server 2008 R2 RC as my personal laptop and this tool is already installed in this version. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, this tool is available as a part of an update. The whole package is called RSAT or the Remote Server Administration tool, there is a specific version for Vista and 7. For Windows 7, its RTM has just been published in Microsoft updates or here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en

I already blogged about the RSAT for Vista and if you want to try this tool or the whole RSAT, here is the link where I posted my experience on it.

 

 

To use this tool, install first the RSAT then navigate to your Administrative tools, then expand Remote Desktop Services and click Remote Desktops.

This tool allows me to save your Remote Desktop Sessions in a single console. As you may notice in my example, there are 3 Remote Desktops at the moment.

It is lit as green if thats your active connection, very handy to tell what server you are on now :D, It could be very confusing specially if all of your servers look alike each other.

 

To connect to a computer, just right click to bring up the context menu, then click connect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  To add a new connection just go to the Remote Desktops Node under the Console Root then on the right hand pane Right Click then Add new Connection.

Then this add new connection dialog will appear. After specifying connection details, just click OK and will be added to your console.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you right click then click properties on the newly created connection, you will see this dialog window with three tabs, the general, screen options and the other. General has the connection details and the username, passwords will be asked on first attempt to connect, if you checked the allow me to save credentials, the passwords will be saved. The screen options lets you choose screen size of your session and the other tab is also interesting. The start a program is there, that allows you to auto start a program upon connect, more security details and there is also an option to redirect your local drives, very handy so that you don’t have to FTP your file to this remote server, right?

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johndelizo

I'm John and in the daytime I am the Chief Technology Officer of VFTS.NET - a consulting firm that specializes on development and deployment of business solutions created with .NET framework on Windows platform and Windows infrastructure projects. I am a core member of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and I regularly conduct technical sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Cloud and Datacenter Management Technical Expertise but away from any keyboard I spend hours reading books, travel, explore, and being busy with my dog named Floppy.

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