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TeamViewer Connection with Royal TS

This posting is ~5 years years old. You should keep this in mind. IT is a short living business. This information might be outdated.

Some of my customers use TeamViewer to provide a quick access to their systems, without the need to configure VPN connections, install software on hosts etc. TeamViewer provides fast and secure access without the need to install software. Simply start the teamviewer.exe and choose if you want to connect to a host or use the session id and password to allow someone else access your computer. TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial users! So it’s a great choice for remote support all your family members.

I use Royal TS as my primary tool for remote connection management. Most of my connections are Microsoft Remote Desktop, VNC or SSH. But I also need TeamViewer. In opposite to Remote Desktop Manager, Royal TS doesn’t has a plug-in for TeamViewer. But I found a hint in the Royal TS knowledge base how to solve this: A command task.

Create a command task for TeamViewer

Open Royal TS and rightclick “Tasks” in your connection document. Select “Add” > “Command Task”

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Enter a descriptive name. You have to create a Command Task for each TeamViewer connection you want to save.

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Enter the path and the working directory to your TeamViewer executable. The arguments are the key: Session id and password will not not directly entered, but provided through custom fields.

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Select “Custom Fields” and enter the session id in the first, and the password in the second field. If you want to protect both field, you can use the protected fields. Then you have to change the custom fileds in the arguments.

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Save the connection and start the task. After a few seconds you should see the desktop of the remote host.

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Because session ID and password may change by time, you have to change them in the command task. This is a bit unhandy, but if you not frequently connect to random hosts, this should work fine.

Royal TS – Remote connection management for Windows

This posting is ~5 years years old. You should keep this in mind. IT is a short living business. This information might be outdated.
Disclaimer: I use a NFR license that was provided to me as a vExpert by code4ward free of charge.

I have searched for a relatively long time for a solution to manage multiple remote connections, like RDP, VNC or SSH. I tried different free tools, but none of them fulfilled my requirements, which are quite simple: Manage different connections & credentials. First I’ve tried Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager, which was quite good. But to be honest: It was a bit too much for my needs. Justin Paul wrote a nice review of Remote Desktop Manager. The second product I’ve tested was more suitable: Royal TS for Windows.

Installation

What should I say? The installation is really easy: Start setup, click “next”, “next”, “next” and “finish”. ;) I shot some screenshots to show you the setup. Simply click next.

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Accept the license agreement.

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Click “Next”.

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Choose the desired installation path or accept the default installation path.

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You can now select the file types which should be opened automatically with Royal TS. The selection shown in the screenshot is the default selection.

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Check the box if you want to create a desktop shortcut.

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Click “Install” to start the installation.

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Wait until the installation finishes.

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Click “Finish” and enjoy Royal TS. :)

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Without entering a license, you can use Royal TS with shareware limitations. That means (source):

  • You cannot have more than 10 connections per Royal TS application instance
  • You cannot have more than 10 credentials per Royal TS application instance
  • You can open only one Royal TS document per application instance

A single user license with 1y software maintenance costs 25 €, which is really cheap in respect of the features. To be honest: If I wouldn’t have a NFR license, I would pay for it! If you use MacOS X, simply buy Royal TSX, which also costs 25 €, or the bundle (Windows + MacOS X) for 37,50 €. I recommend to check the other Royal TS offerings!

The GUI

When you start Royal TS, you get a neat and well-known GUI in ribbon-style.

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Documents are used to store connections, credentials and tasks. I recommend to create a document in which you can store your connections and credentials.

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I also recommend to protect the document with a password, especially if you store credentials in it.

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I like to show you how you can create a RDP connection. I will focus on the main functions. Create a new connection and choose “Remote Desktop”.

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Enter a name for the connection. This will automatically entered into the “Computer Name” field, so you should use an FQDN or an ip address.

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You can specify credentials for this specific connection, enter no credentials or choose another option. I tend to create credentials and to reuse them into different connections.

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Depending on your display configuration you can open the connection in a tap, in a windows or on an external display.

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I like to redirect some of my local drives into the RDP session, so that I can share files more easily.

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Tasks can be used to start actions on connect or disconnet, e.g. create a VPN tunnel. The imagination knows no limits. :)

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In contrast to Remote Desktop Manager Royal TS can manage serial connections, so you can create and serial connections Royal TS.

TL;DR

All in all Royal TS is a great tool that I do not want to miss. Download it, try it, buy it. :) The 25 € are a good invest in time savings and productivity.

Support of HP OEM VMware bundles on non HP Hardware

This posting is ~5 years years old. You should keep this in mind. IT is a short living business. This information might be outdated.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) offers a broad range of OEM VMware software for their HP ProLiant server familiy (VMware Virtualization Software and Client Virtualization with VMware View and VMware ThinApp). A customer can buy HP ProLiant servers and VMware software from HP. This also includes support for hard- and software, which makes it easy in case of support. You only have to call HP and they will do the rest. As you maybe know, I work for a IT solution provider and HP partner. It’s quite common, that a solution which is offered by us, consists of a large set of HP hard- and software. This has benefits for both sides: For us, and the customer, especially from the support perspective. The customer has a multi-vendor solution (HP and VMware), but support is done by HP. The other side of the medal is the financial perspective: The higher the project value, the better the discounts from HP. So it’s quite common that we sell HP OEM VMware licenses and support.

Today a collegue came with an interesting question: What is, if the customer decides to use non-HP equipment? Either because he wants to switch the vendor, or because the price of the HP OEM VMware software is better, than original VMware software. If you buy HP Reseller Option Kit (ROK), you are not entitled to use this software with non-HP server, unless Microsoft Software Assurance is added within 90 days (HP FAQ for Microsoft OEM licensing — Windows Server and SQL Server). We asked HP and we got an answer:

Customers who have purchased non HP platforms and VMware bundles or those planning to move HP’s OEM VMware software from an HP platform to a non HP platform can continue to receive the same level of support for their VMware products through HP services.

This means that you can use HP OEM VMware software on non HP severs. The support is delivered by HP services. This gives customers investment protection if they move on to another vendor. If the support from HP ends after 3, 4 or 5 years, the customer can extent the support or he can purchase support directly from VMware.

I’d like to see the face of the support engineer if you say “Hey HP, I have a problem with vSphere <bla bla> on my brand new Cisco UCS blade. Please help me!” ;)

Please note that these information might change over time. This information is offered “AS IS” with no warranties, and no rights are granted.