“Single sign-on” is a dream that for many for us is impossible. Servers, servers and more servers is what we are facing nowadays. And single sign-on is simply not possible because…
There are many reasons why this is not possible. Most of them are technical, but sometimes as simple as: working for multiple customers as a freelance worker. So how to keep track of all these servers, user-ids, passwords and settings? It can drive you nuts! Writing down is not an option because sooner or later somebody will misuse your notes (please, no sticky notes on the screen!). A password manager is only half the solution because you still have to initiate the session yourself and then copy / paste the user-id and password. And no matter how smart this password manager is. You will curse it after you have dome a few hundred times a copy – paste or drag & drop.
A few years ago I bumped into a solution: Remote Desktop Manager is a software solution that keeps track of all your servers, protocols, special ways to connect and even user-id and password. The name is a bit misleading because it does do much, much more than “just” Microsoft’s Remote Desktop. It supports over 20 connection types from simple FTP, Telnet and X-Window up to LogMeIn, VPN and virtualization software (and more with a plugin). The software has two versions: a standard (free) version and a enterprise version. The enterprise version does focus a lot on security and has the ability to set-up a central database of connections.
The package does everything you want such a package to do: fire-up the right software, supply the credentials for the server, do scripting and much more. Pricing for the enterprise version starts at $35 per user and comes down rapidly for multiple users. Very reasonable for what the software offers and who knows, you might be happy with what the free standard version offers. I depend on the software every day and it has made my job much more productive. It is so relaxed… grab a coffee and with one mouse click your connected to the server you want to work with.
Check it out for yourself: http://remotedesktopmanager.com/ and do a trial.
I am not related in any way to the company that creates this little gem, I just think it is what every DBA or support person could use this.
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