Royal TS

Royal TS
 
As a sysadmin, I learned that I need good tools to be efficient; that’s why I love PowerShell!

First I used the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack; waouh! It’s great to be able to have an mmc that groups together all me connections and yeah that was in the early 2000s!
remote_desktop_sessions

Ok, it was nice, for the time, free and provided by Microsoft, which is uncommon enough to point it out. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that a lot of features are missing. The first: we do not live in a perfect world, so I need to connect via SSH to linux servers! 😉
Here came mRemote. This tool allows to combine VNC, Terminal Server, SSH connections, among others, in a single console. We can say some kind of remote connections aggregator. But, this old great tool has been discontinued… That was the bad news, but the good news is : there’s even better than mRemote, it’s Royal TS!
Royal TS is offering a unique, powerful and very flexible solution for managing Remote Desktop (RDP), Terminal (SSH, Telnet, etc), VNC and many more connections on Windows and OS X. You can share your configuration in a team without sharing your passwords and no database backend is needed.

I will let you check the features by yourself and you can even compare with Remote Desktop Manager, that is a decent multi-protocol remote connection too:

Royal TS features vs Remote Desktop Manager features

Here’s a (non-exhaustive!) list of my favorite Royal TS key features:

  • Connection list with bulk-edit functionality
  • Organize connections in groups using folders and configure settings (credentials, connect task, etc.) inheritance from parent group for the connections.
  • Key sequence tasks to send keyboard input to remote sessions and automate repetitive tasks against multiple sessions at once
  • Ability to share connections, tasks and credentials
  • Secure: Royal TS allows you to manage your credentials in a safe and secure manner with 256 bit AES encryption
  • Connection templates to create new connections based on other connections
  • Cross platform: Royal TS (for Windows) documents are fully compatible with Royal TSX (for OS X), Royal TSi (for iOS) and Royal TSD (for Android)
  • TS Gateway support
  • Ability to record and save a (terminal) session to file
  • And so much more…

Ok, I’ve teased you, so now: what does it look like?

Royal TS - Main Window
Royal TS – Main Window
Royal TS - Search and Filter
Royal TS – Search and Filter
Royal TS - Hyper-V Dashboard
Royal TS – Hyper-V Dashboard

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If, like me, you were using mRemote before and don’t want to recreate all your connections in Royal Ts, there’s a solution: http://www.royalts.com/main/Home/Win/Support/Blog/tabid/179/EntryId/165/How-to-open-or-import-mRemote-files.aspx

A free tip: you can create ‘.rts’ file from CSV; this PowerShell script allows you to create all your RDP connections from a comma-separated value file

Enough! Let’s me see what it is…

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