Everybody working in IT or even for personal use will sooner or later feel the urge to manage your remote desktop connections or if possible even more. That is why I started to use mRemote. A great tool no matter what but unfortunately not further developed any more as beeing merged into VisionApp Remote Desktop. A great tool too but you will have to pay to get some use out of it. The same with Royal TS which allows only 10 connection for free use.

Sure those tools need to be developed and if you are a heavily user and especially when commercial you should buy it and if it is only to show some support for a great product. From my point of view all those products do have advantages but also disdvantages compared to each other.

So once upon a time I was at a customers site running a workshop for Citrix Provisioning, XenApp 6, ThinPrint .print and some other stuff. Our customer showed me his environment with a remote tool I did not know till. Curious as I am I wanted to know what they digged out, started asking and tryed for myself.

This was the day I got to know the RemoteDesktopManager by Devolutions Inc.. From my point of view this is a great one even by using the free version you will get most of the features you will need. I started to listen attentively after I noticed that it is possible to have an offline database while using a centrally stored i.e. SQL Server for saving all your data! I do not know wether one of the other previously mentioned tools can do this but I do know that I like this one.

You will have the option to download a full installer or just the binary package. It is your choice.

The first run will present you a neatly arranged interface. This will stay this way except with the options pages which are a bit to much for my taste.

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The first and last but one behaviour that annoyed me with the free version is that the RemoteDesktopManager minimizes into the tray. So no further sitting on the fence let’s open up the options and make some changes so minimize will behave like with any other program.

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Second annoyance is that you are not able to set login informations on a folder for all connections saved beneath it. This is a restriction with the free version. By using the full version you are able to change several options via batch processing. Apart from this one I have to tell you that your database is saved as an mdb BUT you are able to save the file on a network share and also enable offline mode. So you can be on the road while still saving all your data savely at your workplace!

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You will have several options just by creating an RDP session and many more with all the other remote connection tools, virtualization tools like VMWare or HyperV and even Citrix connections! Just give it a try and see for yourself. If you like it buy it! It is not that expensive from my point of view it is more likely the opposite.

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If you already are using i.e. VisionApp Remote Desktop or some other tool just check wether it is possible to import those which make shifting to this nice tool fairly easy. With the free version just make sure you will export your connections from VisionApps Remote Desktop as you will only be able to import those and not backups!

  1. Compare the free and full version
  2. Download the trial or the free version
  3. Buy if you like this tool and be slaphappy

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