- Login automatically from the command line.
- It’s free. 🙂
- Remote Desktop Plus (RDP+) is not a clone or copy of Remote Desktop. It’s just a shell for the normal Remote Desktop client (mstsc.exe) on your computer.
- Automatically trusts all local resources and the remote computer. No more annoying questions like: Do you trust the computer you are connecting to?
- Passwords entered from the command line can be encrypted for enhanced security. Useful when starting Remote Desktop from batch files or published applications (Citrix).
Profiles and favorites
- Allows you to save credentials (securely) in profiles. Profiles normally only work for the user who saved them and only on the computer on which they were saved. Profiles can be useful when administering a large amount of computers from a single point of administration. Changed the password for Administrator? Just edit the profile and you’re done.
- Ability to save frequently used connections as favorites for easy launching.
- Launch favorites from the command line.
- Remote Desktop Plus features a special restricted kiosk mode in which only the computer, username, password, or any combination thereof can be changed. When used as a published application, this allows you to grant (internal or external) support departments remote access to a range of servers in a much safer way.
- Has the ability to disable the close button in the title bar and remove the connection bar, thus forcing users to logoff gracefully instead of just disconnecting and leaving their remote sessions open.
- You can specify a range of computers the user is allowed to connect to. Any attempt to connect to computers not in the list will be denied.
- Has the ability to log all connections in a log file or the event log.
- Can set the working screen size to either the maximum available size (so it looks like a normal maximized application) or to a adjustable size – by setting either a margin or specifying a percentage of the screen – so you can still move it around a bit.
- When using multiple monitors, you can specify on which monitor the Remote Desktop session should be started.
- When using custom .rdp files, RDP+ will save valuable text space in the task bar by not displaying the name of the .rdp file in the title bar.
- You can set your own title bar text and specify your own icon.
Startup programs and RemoteApps
- Supports launching and autologin of RemoteApps.
- Supports specifying a startup program (i.e. alternate shell) from the command line. You can use both local and remote environment variables in the command.
Configuration and settings
- Some settings and options can be controlled through Group Policies. Group Policy templates for these settings are available for download on the site.
- Allows setting default options through either the registry, Group Policies or an enviroment variable.
- Ever had to login to multiple servers at once? Just enter those servers separated by commas and off you go.
- When logging on to a computer with local credentials, Remote Desktop Plus will try to determine the actual computername, so you don’t have to specify a computername in front of the username (like nldb01\sa). This is also useful when logging in to computers using an IP address instead of a computername (rdp /v:10.140.10.1 /u:administrator) or when logging on to Windows clusters.
- Supports connecting through a Remote Desktop Gateway server.
- Accepts both /console and /admin. No need to remember which version of Remote Desktop and/or Windows you’re running.
- Normally Remote Desktop times out after about 30 seconds when connecting to a non-responsive (or still booting) computer. But the age of modems is a thing of the past and time is precious, so Remote Desktop Plus times out after only 3 seconds.
- Remote Desktop Plus also has a load balancing and (as of version 6.2) a failover feature. Specify multiple servers and RDP+ will randomly pick one of the servers to connect to. If this server is unreachable, RDP+ will skip it and cycle trough the other servers in the list, until it finds a responsive one. You can use this for example for legacy RemoteApps which are hosted on multiple servers without a session broker.
- Allows you to specify in the command line which drives or drive types to redirect and/or which drive(s) to exclude from redirection.
… and more
- Still missing some command line parameters? RDP+ supports every option supported by the Remote Desktop .rdp file, using a special command line parameter. This gives you an unprecedented control over every aspect of the session, straight from the command line and without the need for specific RDP+ command line switches.
- Features an optional system tray icon for launching and managing your favorites, and for quickly switching to currently active Remote Desktop sessions.
- RDP+ has a very small footprint. It consists of a single file, less than 250 KB. No installation required on the client.
- Contains no spyware, adware, browser toolbars, nag screens, phone home mechanisms or any of that stuff. And it never will.
- And much more…