Microsoft – Windows – v2012 – Managing Remote Desktop Connections – Using Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)

Background

As a quick followup to a previous post “Technical: Microsoft – Windows – v2012 – Managing Remote Desktop Connections – Using Task Manager” (https://danieladeniji.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/technical-microsoft-windows-v2012-managing-remote-desktop-connections/), we wanted to identify a free Microsoft tool,  “Remote Deskop Connection Manager” (RDCMan), as another pathway towards listing and managing remotely connected users.

Supported OSes

Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 2012.

The same binary works on the aforementioned OS versions.

Having said that Windows XP and Windows 2003 users will have to upgrade their remote desktop client (mstsc) to version 6 or newer.

Download URL

The utility is available via http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21101.  And, the current version is 2.2 and it has been available since 5/27/2010.

Install

Install the application and please pay attention to your install location.

Since the application is not part of the base OS nor its install folder added to your path, you will have to offer its full path name to run it from your command line.  Btw, the App name is rdcman.exe.

The Application is added to your Program Start Menu as “Remote Desktop Connection Manager”.

Pre TSClient Patch

On MS Windows XP \ Windows 2003, If you try to run the app without first upgrading your tsclient, you will get the error message pasted below:

Error Message

Textual:

Error Message Title:

RDCMan – Unable to initialize

Error Message Body:

RDCMan encountered an error during initialization.  There are likely causes for this: an incompatible version of mstscax.dll is registered or it is not registered at all.  Please see the help for details.

Image:

incompatibleversionofmstscax

Please access  Colek’s Blog posting – How to Fix RDCMan Problem: “Incompatible version of mstscax.dll” ( http://colekcolek.com/2012/03/23/fix-rdcman-problem-incompatible-version-mstscax-dll/ ) to read more about this error message.

Patch Download Links:

Version #

How do we get the version number of Remote Desktop Client ( mstsc.exe ).

  • Launch Remote Desktop Client ( mstsc.exe )
  • Access the System Menu
  • From the System Menu, access the “About” option
  • And, you will see a screen similar to the one below

RemoteDesktopConnection-About

Normal Use

To use, launch application and create a new a new RDC Management Group by using the menu items “File”\”New”.

To add new servers, right click the appropriate Management Group, and choose the “Add Server” menu item.

To list sessions, right click on the server, and select “List Sessions”.

Sessions

References

Remote Desktop Client – Version #

3 thoughts on “Microsoft – Windows – v2012 – Managing Remote Desktop Connections – Using Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan)

  1. I am trying to Install it on Windows 7 64bit. but I am still getting the same error.
    can you please help me to troubleshoot it?

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