visionapp is the latest server-based computing consulting company to release freeware tools to the community. (And as the community, we thank them, Login Consultants, BrainSys, Tek Workshop, and all the other companies who release free SBC tools!)
visionapp has just released a tool for administrators who have to connect to many different Terminal Servers. The tool, called visionapp Remote Desktop (vRD), is available from their website (although you must register to download it.)
vRD is similar to some others that are out there. (Royal TS, etc. See my toolbox page for a complete list.) It follows the “standard” approach where there is a left pane and a right pane. The left pane maintains a list of your servers, and the right pane is a tabbed interface that shows all your open RDP sessions.
The cool thing about vRD is that it lets you manage credentials separately from the connections. For example, I have two domains in my environment: “brianmadden” and “bmmail.” With vRD, I configure each set of credentials and then associate each new connection with them. Then when the credentials change, I only have one property to modify for many servers.
All of the configuration is stored in a visionapp registry key under HKCU\Software, so it’s very simple to copy or distribute configurations among employees.
vRD takes about 5 seconds to install, although it does require the .NET framework.