Remote Server Administration

For a few weeks now I’ve been rebuilding my lab so I brush up on SCVMM and other cool technologies, InfiniBand anyone? With having a multiple lab servers for testing it becomes pretty hard to keep track of all my securely generated passwords and ports needed for web, SSH, Monitoring etc.

Enter RDM, or Remote Desktop Manager, to manage and keep track of a lot of what I would need to put in OneNote or, eek, notepad. RDM has a plugin for KeyPass so I can look up the login or secure notes without having to open RDM and have a simpler way to generate passwords.  It saves your hosts and other data entered on Devolutions server so you won’t loose yours settings if your computer crashes.

 

RDM in Action!
RDM in Action!

One of the best part of RDM, or Remote desktop Managers in general, is that I don’t need to have 15 RDP windows open to test out a few thing, It’s one application with tabs and if you need to you can popout one of them. For my lab I would NAT the RDP ports to the servers or desktops and every RDP window had the same name but different port. I would be away from the lab for a few weeks I would forget what server was what port.

I also like that they have a free edition that has some reduced functionally but when I realized how much more efficient I was I purchased it. Back when I started IT work I was against custom applications that only had one feature. When I would get a new computer I would have to bring over all of the applications and settings. For RDP management I would keep a folder with all of my labs add RDP shortcuts in the folders and make a toolbar out of the folder. It worked for a while since I would typically be on one server and connect though other tools from there but when there.

Before RDM
Before RDM

As you can see the folder option works but it cumbersome really quick and you cant keep quick notes on the servers. Overall RDM is easy to use and has a lot of features that I haven’t even tried yet.

What tools do you use for server management?