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How to share multiple .rdp connection

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Hello

I have many server in my network with different username and password all credential is saved on once system along with the short cut of rdp.

My question is how i will share this RDP connection to all my user with auto login option ?

I do not want to share credential with them.

Any help appreciate
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Question by:Qusai Poonawalla
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by:MostHated
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Are you wanting a RDP link that will automatically login for a user using their own unique login? Are the users on a domain, or connecting remotely from an outside source from their own PC's to a single terminal server? If they are on a domain, you can add them to the RDP group and they could login to the servers that you allow using their own credentials that they use on their individual PC's.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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You can try with Micrsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager which is free.
Its idea is the same as RDP file but you can structure this with folders.

Once credentials are saved, user cannot view password.

Download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44989

Regards,
Krzysztof
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by:Viswanath Chilukuri
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Hi
Can you provide which server version you are using?If you are using 2012/2012R2 you can install the RDP role in the Servers and go to gpedit.msc and enable the below:
gpedit.msc-->ComputerConfiguration-->Windows Components-->Remote Desktop Services-->Remote Desktop Session Host-->Connection-->Enable(Allow users to connect remotely by using RDS) and enable the (Limited no of connections) and give the how many connections u required at a time.But it is 120 days trial period,if u want to continue u want to give license key/license server name or else u want to reinstall once u completed the trails period and install it.
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So...

You have many servers? in your network with many users and hopefully are using Active Directory because you stated that credentials are stored on one system, which is probably your Domain Controller.

I could be wrong.

Then you state that you have an RDP shortcut that you wish to share, but you don't want to user your credentials and you want them to automatically log in.

Let's break this down in this fashion.

Do you have Active Directory in place or not?
You are aware that unless you are licensed with Remote Desktop licenses (which I believe are Terminal Services licenses), you will only be allowed two administrative connections at any given time.

Meaning that you can only have two active connections at the same time and they must be members of the Administrators Group, either Domain or Local.

When an RDP session is created, it can be stored on a network share and yes, you can save the information and have it auto login, but when the first user connects and the second user connects, because you are using saved credentials, the second user will "knock off" or disconnect the first user.

It is the preferred method that each user create, configure and store their respective RDP sessions locally (or on their network user share), but even then, the matter in which you state your questions begs for some basic information on your network setup.

There are a lot of other things that need to be in place, including proper licensing and server configuration before proceeding, but it appears that you may not have things in place yet.

Plus the biggest issue that your using software that is no longer supported! You will be hard pressed to answers to your dilemma if you continue using out-dated software.
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You might try Devolutions RDM
http://remotedesktopmanager.com/

We used it for a few years at an old company.  You can centralize passwords and set security levels so users can't see the PWs or edit connections.  It's pretty robust, has access logging and a bunch of other features that are handy (like Chocolatey console).

You can script creating the credential, but I think an app with a centralized RDP database is probably a much more efficient way to do it.
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by:Qlemo
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RDCM as suggested in https:#a41841922 does not work for storing credentials. Moving a config file to a different user or machine renders the encrypted passwords useless.
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Yeah, I seem to remember that which is why we went with the Devolutions RD Manager.  You can set up a centralized SQL (or other format- xml, mdb, etc.) and have the passwords stored/encrypted there.  It's also nice, so as you add new RDP connections the database reflects the change for everyone.
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by:Tony1044
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So you have a number of RDP files with the credentials saved in them and you want to share the RDP files with your users?

Assuming you don't want to use something like RDWEB, why not just use a group policy preference to copy them to their desktops?

In the GPP target folder, use %DesktopDir%

The steps for creating the GPP are here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772536(v=ws.11).aspx
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Suggest points split among contributors as all valid information.  Selected answer seems to be the closest to the asker's request as it has centralized, encrypted password storage.  People who are looking for a similar question should still find this post useful.
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