Microsoft released version 2.2 of Remote Desktop Connection Manager last week and I have to say that I am rather impressed. Been a long time since I checked out their RD Connection Manager so I’m not sure what’s new to this version but there are some great features here.
For instance, you can create a group of machines and then connect to all of them with a single click. Nice when working on a project that spans servers like a lab. You can see each machine framed in the connection manager or you can monitor them all at once by thumbnails. The thumbnail view over multiple machines is pretty awesome – you can even click in the thumbnails and control them! An interesting way to monitor process monitors on a bunch of machines at once.
The image below shows the “Connect Group” option and one of my home desktops in a (rather large) thumbnail view:
You can have many machines open at once and toggle the thumbnails you see just by clicking the groups that you’ve pre-configured.
Not as fancy as my essential app mRemote, but for “just” remote desktop connections this is about as good as I could ask for (mRemote adds VNC, ssh/telnet, HTTP(s), etc) and the price is right. The thumbnail view option alone has me planning on using this more often now that I’ve discovered it.
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