A connection definition represents the settings required to establish a Remote Desktop session with a Windows-based host running either Terminal Services, Remote Desktop Services, or simply Remote Desktop Management. This definition contains all information required to locate, contact, authenticate, communicate, and otherwise interact with the remote host.
To create a new persistent connection you will need to drag and drop a host entry from the Hosts node in the upper navigation pane onto a folder in the lower navigation pane. To do this expand the list of hosts in the upper navigation pane and click on the host you wish to create a connection for. Now click (but do not release) the left mouse button and drag the host entry over a folder in the lower navigation pane. The cursor should change visually to indicate that a drop is allowed. Release the left mouse button. A connection entry will be created and an editor will appear in the display pane for configure:
To edit the connection, you must right-click the connection and select the Edit option which will display an editor that allows you to modify the following properties:
•Connection Name - the name by which the connection is known within pasControl.
•Host - the friendly name of the previously configured host entry to connect to.
•Account - the friendly name of the previously configured account credentials to use when authenticating.
•Administrative Console - this setting allows users with administrative permissions to work in an administrative context.
•High Performance - enables high performance settings for a more responsive user experience. This disables cursor shadows, cursor animations and settings, displaying contents of windows when dragging, enhanced graphics, menu animations, and window theming
•Redirect Audio - enables listening to remote audio on the local workstation.
•Redirect Drives - redirects local and mapped drives for use in the remote session.
•Redirect COM & LPT Ports - allows the remote session direct access to local COM and LPT ports.
•Redirect Printers - allows printing from the remote session to printers defined on the local machine.
•Port - the default TCP/IP port used to connect to the remote desktop host - the default is 3389.
•Startup Program - (optional) allows for the specification of an alternative shell program in place of Windows Explorer.
•Remote Gateway Usage - Mode that specified when a remote gateway host is used. When Detect is checked an attempt will be made to connect directly to the specified host. If it fails it will fall back to using the specified Remote Gateway Host value. When Direct is checked the Remote Gateway Host value is always used. When None the Remote Gateway Host value is not used at all.
•Remote Gateway Host - (optional) the name of a Remote Gateway Host server that provides HTTPS access to Remote Desktop Session hosts that exist on an internal network. Use of this option requires Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 or higher and may require additional certificate configuration before it can be used seamlessly by pasControl.
•Remote Gateway Account - (optional) the account credentials that are passed to the remote gateway host when a remote gateway host is used and the Remote Gateway Usage mode is not set to None.
After configuring your connection definition properties ensure that you press the Save button to retain your settings. Temporary connections are not saved to the database.
Clicking on a connection opens a new instance of the Remote Desktop Connection software in the display pane and immediately connects the session using configured options. You may also click the Connect button.
Connection status is indicated by colored status icons on the nodes themselves:
• indicates a disconnected connection in a normal state
• indicates an established connection in an active state
• indicates a disconnected connection in an exception state
• indicates that the current connection is the currently selected connection in the user interface
When you right-click on a favorite node you are presented with the following menu options:
This refreshes the connection definition details from the database.
Allows opening the Remote Desktop Connection in a new window outside of the pasControl main window. This is useful if you need to interact with multiple sessions simultaneously side-by-side on multiple monitors. Each window you spawn will appear as a separate icon on the task bar to make switching easy.
Removes the connection definition details from the database.
Displays the editor control for the connection definition. Ensure that you press Save after making any changes.
Disconnects an established connection if it is already open.
Reconnects a connection if it is currently closed.
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