New Remote Desktop Connection Manager 2.7 Released

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Microsoft released a new version of Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) 2.7 to the public today.

RDCMan is a central place where you can organize, group, and manage your various Remote Desktop connections. This is particularly useful for system administrators, developers, testers, and lab managers who maintain groups of computers and connect to them frequently. I probably spend more time in RDC Manager than any other application during the day.

The previous version 2.2 was last released in May 2010, so this is a very welcome update. Previous versions lacked some functions and caused excessive CPU utilization on some computers, especially those with Nvidia GPUs. RDCMan was written by Julian Burger, one of the principal developers on the Windows Live Experiences team.

RDCMan 2.7 version is a major feature release. New features include:

  • Virtual machine connect-to-console support.
  • Smart groups.
  • Support for credential encryption with certificates.
  • Windows 8 remote action support (charms, app commands, switch tasks, etc).
  • Support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Log Off Server now works properly on all versions.
Important Upgrade Notes: You should know that when you upgrade, RDCMan will be unable to read any saved encrypted passwords. You will need to re-enter your saved encrypted passwords after installation.
The workaround is to set the "Store password as clear text" checkbox in RDCMan 2.2 for preexisting groups and/or servers. When you upgrade to version 2.7, RDCMan will read the existing passwords and will encrypt them. "Store passwords as plain text" is no longer an option in version 2.7.

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