Remote Desktop Connection Manager

When supporting my code in production, invariably I need to connect to a remote computer via RDP.

The built-in Windows Remote Desktop client has a few quirks:

  • It’s not possible to zoom or scale to fit inside the client width
  • It opens on random monitors, sometimes full screen and sometimes not
  • It produces ugly scrollbars when moving from one screen to another, or when resizing

My needs are different:

  • I want my RDP sessions to adapt to my screen size
  • I want to manage 20 or more servers with minimal configuration
  • I want to easily switch between RDP sessions

Then I found Remote Desktop Connection Manager

I can dedicate one of my screens for monitoring activity on my servers, because I can view logs, Task Manager, or any other screen activity in thumbnail format on a single screen.

I can set up a tree of pre-configured servers with login details.  There’s a handy inheritance scheme in place.  I can create a group where I can define common settings like login details, RDP gateway, etc.

Then any server in that group would inherit those settings.





I can even interact with any server in thumbnail mode.  Sign out, sign out, sign out…

And the client area adapts to my screen size.  Look!  No scrollbars!

When I move the session to a different screen, it may need resizing.  By reconnecting the server, the session adapts to the new screen size.

The thumbnail view can be configured in Tools -> Options -> Thumbnail Unit Size.  I typically set it to 33 percent, so that I have 3 neat columns.

The server tree can auto hide, so that it’s not in the way.  Hovering the mouse near the left side, will make it re-appear.

By configuring the properties on a parent node, all child nodes will accept the parent’s default settings.  Useful when monthly password change policies are enforced on a domain.

If you have a dual screen setup, you can undock any session and move it to your secondary screen.


RDC manager totally rocks!

Morné, it sounds like a sales pitch.

It does!  But thanks to Julian Burger and David Zazzo it’s completely free. Thanks guys!