Technical: Microsoft – Windows – v2012 – Managing Remote Desktop Connections – Using Task Manager

Technical: Microsoft – Windows – v2012 – Managing Remote Desktop Connections – Using Task Manager

Background

Managing Remote Desktop connections used to be so easy in MS Windows 2003, one launches tsadmin.exe and you see all the remotely connected users and you are OK.

MS Windows 2008/R2

Things changed a bit in MS Windows 2008-R2, tsadmin.exe is no longer bundled with the OS.  Now one needs to initiate its Microsoft Management Console ( MMC ) Cousin (tsadmin.msc).

MS Windows 2012

Things changed a whole lot.  Tsadmin is done away with completely. As part of an Enterprise Push, Microsoft changed how the tool is packaged and what it does.

Hard way

Deploy Remote Desktop Management Server (RDMS) on  your MS Windows 2012.  And, believe me deploy is the keyword here as you have to add RDMS as an OS feature and configure it. Please refer to the References Section below to access relevant web links.

Easy way

If you connected to machine, via the console or remotely, you can use MS Windows Task Manager to get a simple and utilitarian toolset. The steps are easy enough:

  • Launch Task Manager
  • Switch over to the “Users” Tab
  • Review the list of users connected
  • Right click on the one you will like managed and from the drop-down menu review the available options

Image: TaskManagerOnMSWindows2012

Conclusion

There is a bit of outcry within the Microsoft User Community as it appears that MS did away with the easiness of allowing an Administrator to launch a single application (mstsc) and be able to quickly and easily see which users are remotely connecting to a box. And, as a replacement, bundled  a whole new Server Application that has a quite a bit of sub-components.

References

Remote Desktop Management Server (RDMS) on MS Windows 2012

Product Packaging:

Product How to

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