User and System Requirements
- The Remote Desktop User Session Manager tool requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework, which (if needed) is installed as a prerequisite by the Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit installer.
- You should hold Administrator rights on all machines you are targeting with the tool, and other RDPSoft monitoring remote desktop tool.
- If the remote machines are protected by the Windows Firewall, make sure you’ve allowed an exception for Remote Administration
How to Use the Remote Desktop User Session Manager Tool
To add computers, either type each computer name into the appropriate text field and click the button, or click the button to load the computer names from an RDAT file.
TIP 1: An RDAT file is a basic text file where each computer name is on a separate line, followed by a standard CRLF sequence. RDAT files are used to store Remote Desktop computer names for use in just about all Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit utilities. If you need to use this tool with a bunch of different computers, feel free to create an RDAT file yourself from any remote desktop software you already have in place that can export a list of domain or workgroup computers.
If you would like to save the current list of computers to an RDAT file, click the button. To remove one or more computers from the list, select them in the list, and then click the button.
TIP 2: If you save your RDAT file with the filename of “default.rdat” in the same directory where the Remote Desktop Admin Toolkit is installed, the computers in this file will be automatically loaded the next time you start this program
Once you have added all of your computers to the list, click the “Scan” button below. The Remote Desktop User Session Manager tool will then prompt you to enter in the username of the person you are looking for. If you want to return all users running on all sessions, enter an asterisk “*” here. Once the username has been entered, the Remote Desktop User Session Manager will visit each computer in sequence to obtain all information about matching user sessions found on each. Provided matching user sessions are found, the tool will show the Scan Results in a new window.
Before attempting bulk operations, such as sending out a popup message to multiple sessions, or logging off multiple sessions, make sure to select or deselect the sessions first by checking/unchecking each one. To toggle the selection of all, use the “Check/Uncheck All” check box. To toggle the selection of console sessions, use the “Check/Uncheck Console Sessions” check box.
To send a popup message to one or more user sessions, enter the Message Title, the Message Body, and choose an icon that indicates the importance of the message. Then click “Send Message.”
To disconnect one or more user sessions, click the “Disconnect Checked User Sessions” button. Similarly, to logoff one or more user sessions, click the “Logoff Checked User Sessions” button.
TIP 3: If you “disconnect” one or more console sessions, this will *lock* the desktop of the active console session on each system.
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