Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)

Contributor(s): Eddie Lockhart

Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a tool for managing multiple remote desktops. It creates a single location for IT administrators to organize, group and manage connections.

The Remote Desktop Connection Manager was developed by the Windows Live Experience team to address the inflexibility of the native Remote Desktop Connection Client’s ability to handle multiple remote desktop protocol (RDP) connections. Because RDCMan was developed internally at Microsoft, the company does not support it.

RDCMan is especially useful for systems administrators, developers, testers and lab managers that work with groups of computers, server labs or large server farms -- such as automated check in systems and data centers -- where regular access to each machine is necessary. The ability to consolidate multiple RDP connections into a single window reduces desktop clutter.

Administrators can organize connections by groups through top-level hierarchies. In the two-pane interface, connection options include whatever the admin can define within a native RDP session. Servers can only be imported through a text file.

Key features in the latest release include virtual machine connect-to-console support, client size options that come from the application configuration file, support for credential encryption with certificates and more.

The interface is simple and clean, but the descriptions of each connection are on the same line as the server name, which makes it difficult to see and manage two panes at the same time.

RDCMan is really only useful for RDP connections. This means it is perfect for administrators in Windows-only environments who want a remote desktop management tool that is purely focused on RDP.

Some alternatives include Remote Desktop Manager Standard Edition from Devolutions Software or the Terminals remote desktop client, which is available on CodePlex.

This was last updated in April 2015

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