In Windows 2008 R2, we added a new MMC snap-in called Remote Desktop Connection Manager (SBMGR.msc on the Connection Broker machine). This Remote Desktop Connection Manager UI tool is available on a Remote Desktop Connection Broker server. It allows the administrator to easily configure and organize RemoteApp and Desktop Connections (RADC) resources. The end users can then access these resources with familiar methods such as Web Access and RADC. These resources include RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops. Virtual desktops include virtual machines in virtual desktop pools and personal virtual desktops.
Here’s a screenshot of Remote Desktop Connection Manager:
The tree view is located in the left pane. The tree view lists all the resources grouped by type (RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops).
The results pane is located in the center. The results pane shows additional information/links, based on the currently selected items in the tree view.
The action pane is located on the right. The action pane lists the actions that are available to users, based on the currently selected items in the tree view or the results pane.
When the RD Virtualization Host Servers node is selected in tree view, the results pane lists all the RD Virtualization Host Servers added to the Connection Broker as below:
When a Pool node is selected in tree view, the results pane lists all the virtual desktops added to the pool as below:
With this useful, easy-to-use UI tool, an administrator can:
- Configure settings for virtual desktops, such as redirection settings, Remote Desktop Gateway settings, common/custom RDP settings, etc.)
- Create a virtual desktop pool
- Assign a personal virtual desktop to a user
- Easily diagnose configuration issues – The snap-in provides a report of your latest deployment status. It will flag misconfigurations with a red cross or warning sign, and also provide appropriate links to the documents/properties pages/wizards to correct the misconfigurations
- Make RemoteApp programs from a RemoteApp source available to users
- Create a client configuration file for RemoteApp and Desktop Connections to distribute to users
The following documents provide details on how to deploy RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops. You’ll also find lots of examples on how to use the Remote Desktop Connection Manager UI tool:
- Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide
- Deploying Virtual Desktop Pools by Using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Step-by-Step Guide
Please check it out and share your experience with us.