Being able to access servers and PCs from where-ever you are can be a great bonus if you happen to be at all mobile in your job or don’t happen to live in your office. If you travel between locations then getting on any PC and being able to work on one somewhere else can save time and money, being able to get onto a work computer from your home PC can be a (personal) life saver.
Up until recently I have used Remote Desktop Connection found in Start | Programs | Accessories and have successfully entered an IP address or server name and worked on a desktop hosted on the remote computer. All of your familiar Windows environment is around you – mapped drives, printers, desktop, My document etc etc. Having a window open for each remote ‘session’ made working on multiple servers possible and with two monitors it was pretty efficient. Now, however, it has just become several hundred percent easier. I have found Remote Desktop connection Manager, downloadable (for free) from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4603c621-6de7-4ccb-9f51-d53dc7e48047&displaylang=en. Downloading the 789kb file and going through the 5 clicks to install it is a very short journey to remote session clarity.
Now the hierarchy that you create can share settings, such as usernames, passwords etc This means that when your domain password changes you only need to change it once for the uppermost group and then which ever server you select will connect using those settings.
You can choose for a server to ‘opt out’ of this inheritance and use different credentials if you want it to.
Connecting to a server, once you have the parent settings configured is a simple double click, either on the node or in the grid view on the right.
… and at the end of the day, you can clear up all of your connections in one go simply by selecting the parent node and either disconnecting or logging off the whole group.
Remote control was never so easy.