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A Collection of Random Thoughts
Friday, February 24, 2006
Do you use the Microsoft Terminal Services MMC Snap-in?
Are you tired of how inadequate it seems to be like I am? Do you want to be able to re-order your list of computers? Create "Groups" of computers? Define global settings for all connections? Save logins/passwords? Did you know there are alternatives available??? One of my co-workers recently turned me on to an application that is basically a "wrapper" for the MS Terminal Services MMC snap-in, much like Maxthon is a wrapper for IE. The app is called Royal TS, and it comes complete with an icon that looks like a Royal Cheeseburger (LOL!). Once you load up this app though, it's benefits are immediately apparent.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, it also doesn't prompt me to save it *every single time I exit*!!! It only prompts you to save when the list of computers has changed. Don't get me wrong, here. I was an immediate fan of the Microsoft TS MMC snap-in when it was first released. It was a huge improvement for those that needed to manage multiple servers. It would be nice if it was refreshed - perhaps it will be when Longhorn/Vista Server is released. Then again, I expect quite a few things will change in that timeframe.
You can keep custom MMCs from prompting to save each time by switching them from author mode to user mode.

(ie: open MMC, add snap-ins, file-options-console_mode, save)
That's true, but from what I understand, when you are in user mode, you can no longer make changes to the mmc console (i.e. can't add more computers). I would have had to switch back to author mode every time I wanted to change something.
You only need to be in author mode to add more snap-ins. You can still make changes to the snap-in that is loaded.

I just tried it and it let me add more computers and make changes to old ones. It saved the changes each time without prompting.

I'm sure there may be other reasons to use the app you mentioned, but I just wanted to point this out to anyone else who might read this.
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