RDCman – Great New Addition To The Sysadmin’s Toolbox

While polling the microsoft exchange team site recently, I found this post about an internal tool the dev team has available to them, which recently has been made public. After a quick download and setup of RDCman, I was off and running. I exported my current list of servers straight out of “remote desktops” tool and directly into rdcman. Once some intitial editing was done for credentials to each server (we have two domains, each with different admin credentials), it was time to check it out.  

The first thing I noticed was the fact that you can setup different groups (to be used as a lab manager) or you can add an entire server list as I did. A great feature of this tool is that credentials can be inherited directly from the top of the server list (global), as well as local resource settings, gateway, file, connection, security, and display settings.
 
This tool really rocks, and I probably won’t ever go back to using the standard “remote desktops” tool. I love the thumbnail view and at a moments glance can view all servers that are either in a connected or disconnected state, as you can see from this screenshot:

One quirk I noticed though is that in thumbnail view you can actually click inside an open server, which is live in thumbnail view. The problem I see with this is that one could easily open, close, or delete items without being fully aware of their actions. I quickly learned this as my first inclination was to double-click to expand the thumbnail window and noticed I was about to remove a database! The resolution is simply to click on the live server in the left pane.

Check out some more details here: http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2010/06/11/455115.aspx 

and you can download the tool here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4603c621-6de7-4ccb-9f51-d53dc7e48047&displaylang=en

Enjoy!

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