52 Tools: Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager

Remote Desktop Manager is another entry in what's turned out to be a series of remote desktop management tools. This type of tool is proving critical for me to be able to maintain multiple lab and testing environments, which is becoming more of a priority as Hubstream grows.

The winner in this fight (for now) is Remote Desktop Manager, a paid product ($99 US) that does some new things compared to RDCman and mRemoteNG:

  1. Integrates with password manager tools (standalone encrypted files as well as onlin services). We have a need as a team to share credentials to various web sites, services and remote desktop sessions. By keeping that process separate from the RDP list, we don't have to keep two separate credentials lists such as if we used RDCMan exclusively. The flexibility in this area gives me some confidence that if we change password management suites, I can keep my connection database and remap the credentials.

  2. Scales awesomely at different resolutions, multi-monitor, etc. This one is great at even if I switch to a smaller monitor, the screen resizes in a usable way. If I reconnect, I get that monitor's native resolution.

  3. Lets you encrypt and password protect the connections database. This makes me slightly more confident storing the file on shared cloud storage. In the next version, there will be two-factor authentication for which I'm hoping to use my YubiKey.