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Microsoft's Remote Desktops Snap In Console

Microsoft's Remote Desktops Snap In Console (tsmmc.msc).


Once a user has set up his or her remote desktops they can easily be managed from one window, the user can disconnect from the Remote Desktop session that is running the Snap In and any tests being executed in the Console's remote sessions will continue to run as if the sessions were running in console mode; therefore eliminating the challenges mentioned in the previous paragraph. The user also has the ability to execute and manage several tests simultaneously by connecting to multiple concurrent sessions.




Each user will need to create and save his or her own Remote Desktop Console; if the console is not saved the setup process will have to be completed each time the console is used.

To start a new console, simply click the Start button; type tsmmc.msc and press {ENTER}. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: tsmmc.msc



The Remote Desktops window should open; right-click on Remote Desktops and select Add new connection...from the menu. (See Figure 2)

Figure 2: Add new connections


Create one or two connections to each to the two servers that you are not currently connected to. (Figure 3) The servers are limited to two concurrent sessions per user. So there is no reason to create more than two connections for each server. Do not create a connection to the same server that you're running the Remote Desktops Console on.

Figure 3: Enter required information


After creating the connections, they should be displayed in the Explorer Tree. (Figure 4)



After connections have been created the configuration can be saved for ease of access in the future. ClickFile>Save and navigate to the directory where you'd like to save your console, give your console a meaningful name and click the Save button. (Figure 5)  In the future when this file is opened the connections you've just created will be available without the need to recreate them.



Using the Console


Simply select one of the sessions from the tree in the left pane and the session will load in the right pane. (Figure 6) Either begin executing Processes or create a schedule to execute at a later time. Selecting another session in the left pane will log into another session where tasks can be performed while the automated tasks in the first session continue to run.

After launching the desired automation tasks the user can disconnect from the Remote Session where the Remote Desktops Console is running and tests will execute as if a user was logged directly into the server console session.