Are you looking for the best remote desktop connection manager?

Then you’re in the right place.

As a System Administrator, it is common to establish multiple RDP connections on a day to day basis. You may also make other daily connections like SSH or telnet to manage and troubleshoot network equipment.

To manually establish these connections over and over again is a major pain.

How many times a day do you enter in your credentials? Somedays I could end up making 50+ connections a day. That’s 50+ times I manually enter in my credentials to make a remote connection.

This is why I started using a remote desktop connection manager.

It saves me time and is much more efficient.

Let’s take a look at some of the best remote connection manager.

1. mRemoteNG

mRemoteNG is a multi tab remote connection manager. Just like RDCman it is a centralized tool that manages connections to remote systems. mRemoteNG has many features that RDCman does not have such as the ability to manage different connection types.

In addition to RDP, it supports VNC, ICA, SSH, Telnet, RAW, Rlogin and Http/S protocols.

The tab features comes in handy when you open multiple sessions and need to jump back and forth between them.

More features include, easy to organize and maintain a list of connections, store credentials for auto logons, importing from Active Directory, fullscreen mode, allows for grouping and nesting folders and more.

I really like this tool, it is easy to use and has a clean interface. I can group together all server connections and create separate groups for all other types of connections like SSH.

2. RoyalTS

RoyalTS is a connection manager that supports a variety of connection types such as RDP, VNC, SSH, S/FTP and web based interfaces.

It includes a built in credential manager, team sharing options so you can share a list of connections.

You can also automate tasks like command sequence and streamline workflows.

When researching connection managers, RoyalTS kept popping up on searches and in forums. It appears to be a popular choice by other System Admins.

I personally found it to be a bit clunky and complicated to get started. It does have a lot of features that other connection managers do not have but I just found it difficult to get started compared to other products.

3. Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager

Devolutions is another centralized connection manager that can handle different protocols and centralize credentials You can even integrate existing password managers such as keepass and lastpass.

This product includes a two factor authentication features. This will enforce two successive steps of authentication to grant access to the data source.

It also has the ability to manage desktops and servers with a mobile application. Devolutions comes in a free edition and paid edition. The free version is good for standalone users, the enterprise is best for teams.

4. DameWare Mini Remote Control

Damware is a tool primarily used by help desk staff and support technicians to easily establish connections with end user devices.

The main difference between this and an RDP connection manager is it allows the screen to be shared. With RDP the remote system will log off so you can’t share the screen with the end user. That’s why RDP managers are best for servers.

Damware is supported on Multiple platforms and allows remote control of Windows, Linux, and Max computers.

Additional Features

  • Chat message to communicate with remote users
  • Built in screenshot tool
  • Secure file transfer
  • Lock end users keyboard
  • Remote Wake on LAN
  • Remotely edit BIOS settings
  • Active Directory integration
  • and much more

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5. Terminals 

Terminals is a multi tab remote desktop manager that supports several protocols such as RDP, VNC, SSH, Telnet, Citrix, HTTP and HTTPS.

Key features  include a multi tab interface, open terminal window in full screen, resizable windows, connection history, customizable toolbars and search.

Terminals also includes several network tools such as ping, tracert, wak on lan, port scanner and who is. This can come in handy for some basic troubleshooting.

Terminals is an open source project and is currently not under development. It does still work on Windows 10.

Bonus Pick: Dameware Remote Everywhere

Dameware remote everywhere is a cloud based remote support solution that allows IT professionals to access nearly any platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android).

Remote everywhere allows you to quickly gain remote access to systems that are on premise such as users in the office or remote workers like when they are at home, at a hotel or anywhere with an internet connection. The cloud based web portal makes it easy to manage connections and support remote workers. This is a great tool for helpdesk or any IT professional that needs to remotely support end users.

Key Features:

  • Session recording
  • Hide wallpaper and screen blanking
  • Screen sharing and multi-monitor support
  • Organize and manage connections
  • Live chat and video conferencing
  • Built in troubleshooting tools
  • Remotely restart and shutdown devices
  • and much more.

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Final Thoughts

Each remote connection manager has its pros and cons. To find what best fits your needs I recommend downloading and trying them out for yourself. I personally use mRemoteNG and Damware mini remote control.

I use MremoteNG to manage RDP server connections and ssh connection to network switches. I like that it has a clean interface its simple to use and is not bloated with extra junk that I don’t need. I can also share the connection file with my team to make the whole team more efficient.

Helpdesk and my team use DamWare to connect to end users desktop and laptops. It allows us to remote shadow end users systems to troubleshoot and assist with any issues they have. With its wide range of features it’s a great tool for end user support.

That’s all. I hope that this list helped you find a remote connection manager for you and your team. You may also want to see check out my list of Active Directory Tools.

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22 Comments

  1. Some Guy on June 22, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    It’s mRemoteNG, not MRemoteNG

    • Robert Allen on June 22, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks, it has been corrected.

  2. Kav on July 30, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for the article, quality site with no spam, a rare find these days!

    • Robert Allen on August 12, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Thanks Kav. Spam is not my style.

  3. Dave Daylor on September 26, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Great write up !! i went with mRemoteNG

    • Robert Allen on October 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      Great choice, I use that one as well.

  4. Kottees on November 27, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for the write up!

    Is storing passwords in these RDP managers safe?

    • Robert Allen on November 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      I find them to be safe. Each of these programs encrypts the stored passwords and each does it differently. The RDCMan uses the Windows built-in credential manager, the others have their own methods and encryption levels. As with all software make sure it stays patched to address security vulnerabilities.

  5. Reinolds on December 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Do you know Terminals?
    https://github.com/terminals-Origin/Terminals
    Try it

    • Robert Allen on March 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Yes. Because MS discontinued RDC MAN I’ve adding this to my list. Unfortunately it’s not currently being developed. Hopefully someone will step up and support this project.

  6. Bryan Clark on January 7, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for the list. Also, if there are concerns about password security – just don’t save the password…

    • Robert Allen on January 8, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Bryan, good point.

  7. Phil Crawford on January 8, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I’ve just found that mRemoteNG is no longer mapping shared drives on the destination computer. I am pretty sure that this is a recent issue.
    I’ve been using it for quite a while now, partly because I like the fact that, unlike RDCMan, computers stay in the same order in the left column regardless of connection state.

    • Robert Allen on January 8, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Phil,

      Are these from your local computer, I’ve not used this option with mRemoteNG. I map drives with group policy so every computer I log into will map them.

    • Tinus on February 20, 2019 at 7:39 am

      Ehmmmmm… that can be changed through the options in RDCMan…….

      • Pavlos on March 13, 2019 at 11:26 am

        You can map Disk Drives / Printers / SmartCards etc in mRemoteNG under the Options/Redirect Tab. It is just off by Default.

        Also recommend that you enable Key Combination Redirection (which is also off by default). Was initially driving me insane when pressing on the Windows Key or CTRL+ combination and key presses were not redirected.

  8. Ondrej Tuma on January 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Hi,
    very nice webpage & comparation. Thanks. I have used mRemote and now mRemoteNG for years. Its great. Only one thing I miss … something like account manager. I have to store hundreds connection with many different accounts. Each account is same for dozens connections. When password of one account changes, I have to change it on each connection using this account. Passwords changes usually after every 3 months…
    Does anybody know remote manager which solved this issue please?

  9. Terry Wilson on March 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Due to security changes in MS Server 2016, RDC Man v2.7 no longer connects to more than 1 server at a time without requiring the re-entering of User Credentials, i.e. stored credentials no longer work. Does mRemoteNG have the same issue?

    • Robert Allen on March 14, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      Microsoft has discontinued RDC Man 🙁

      I removed it from my list and added terminals.

  10. Rev D on March 24, 2019 at 10:52 am

    thanks for the article Robert. Did you manage to find a solution to the mRemoteNG (Alt+Tab) age old problem?
    I love mRemoteNG but for this one switching between windows problem.

  11. Arif on August 28, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Hi,
    ı can’t save rdp pass on mRemoteNG .Is this normally?
    every time he asks me for a password.

  12. James on January 3, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    RD Tabs from Avian Waves is a very good one IMO. I have been using it for the last 10 years. It just shown all connections as separate tabs (instead of showing on the left/right, which was not OK with me)

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