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Remote Desktop Connection Manager

A few weeks back I upgraded my laptop to Windows 8. As many of you may know I have a lot of Virtual Machines (VM) which are mostly System Center Configuration Manager VMs. These VMs are hosted within the Enhansoft private cloud. The physical hosts are a range from Windows 2003 (Virtual Server) to Windows 2012.

One of the first things that I did was install the Hyper-V Manager and I pinned it to my taskbar. Then, I added my two main physical host servers to Hyper-V Manager; one to Windows 2008 and one to Windows 2012. I quickly found out that I could connect to my Windows 2012 server, but not to the Windows 2008 server. This was still the case even after I turned off both firewalls!

This is the error message within Hyper-V Manager. See how it isn’t very descriptive?

Hyper-V Manager Error Message

After a bit of research I found out that I can’t connect my laptop’s Windows 8 Hyper-V Manager to any of my Widows 2008 Hyper-V physical hosts.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserver8gen/thread/ab768839-cbca-485c-8993-f55ebe3de9b8

At this point, I remembered that I wanted to look at Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCM). After trying RDCM, I have to say I love it! It allows me to place my VMs into a logical order, and it allows me to switch between VMs, and preview what is going on within each VM. And, best of all, it will adjust the screen size of the VM to fill the monitor that I’m working with. If you recall from a previous blog post, I have 3 monitors on my desk, and each has a different screen resolution.

Here is a taste of what the RDCM looks like and what the preview screen shows you.

RDCM Preview Screen

There is only one thing that I would change in RDCM. When you connect to a Windows 8 or Windows 2012 VM, you need to be within full screen to use the Windows key. It would be really handy to have a Windows key button in a tool bar. You could even pre-load some of the more common Windows key commands in the tool bar too.