Handling many Remote Desktops revisited: “Remote Desktops” from the W2k3 Admin Pack

Here is another solution to handle many remote desktop connections. The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack includes a tool called “Remote Desktops”.

It’s a plugin for the MMC (Management Console) where you can set up a list of remote connections (even including logins for those who are not too paranoid!) and simply change from one to the other with one mouseclick – and all in one Window! One mouseclick and you are logged in and have the desktop open…



Go Black! Secret “Royale Noir” XP theme uncovered

Tired of Luna? Don’t want to wait for Vista’s new look?

Royale Noir, which was reportedly dropped by MS when they created the Royale Theme for Windows Media Center Edition, has somehow leaked out of Microsoft and I immediately adopted it to be my favorite theme: Looks cooler than the blue Royale theme!


The Download (400k):


  • Extract files from the archive to “c:\windows\resources\themes\royale noir”
  • Double click on “luna.msstyles”
  • Select “Noir” from color scheme

via I started Something

Do the “Taskbar Shuffle”: Rearrange the buttons on your taskbar


If you are someone like me, who usually has a 3 storyed Windows taskbar, then you might appreciate this nice little utility: Taskbar Shuffle lets you rearrange the programs in your taskbar.

No hotkey, no extra steps, drag and drop the programs on your Windows taskbar by simply… well, dragging and dropping them! Neat concept, huh?No need to get all nervous when a program crashes or if you wanna reboot; you can reorder the programs/buttons on your taskbar exactly how you like.

Go to the The Taskbar Shuffle Website

Sending large files by email

We have all seen this: You want to send a multi-megabyte file to someone, but most mail accounts and mail servers don’t work with files beyond a few megabytes. But there are some website services that come to the rescue: They enable you to send large files. The solution: You upload the file to the service website and simply mail the download link to the recipient.

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Using Remote Desktop with 1920×1200

Windows XP’s Remote Desktop client only supports resolution up to 1600×1200. Poor users of 24″ screens…. Windows Vista supports higher resolutions. And here is the trick how you can use Vista’s RDP client in Windows XP

Update: This is now available as a download from microsoft.com, please use this official method instead

You can download Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP from:


What’s new:

  • supports resolutions above 1600 pixels
  • Network Level Authentication
  • Server authentication
  • Resource redirection
  • Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway) servers
  • TS Remote Programs
  • Multiple monitor spanning
  • 32-bit color
  • Font smoothing

And: Here is an article about what’s new in TSC6

VM Converter Beta now available for public download

VMWare is now offering a free beta download of it’s VM Converter software (see my previous post for details).

Go to http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/converter/

Nice javascript: Creating tree graphs

A nice script to create tree graphs featuring branches that sort out themselves using “forces”