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Understand Our Folder Structure

Overview

 

Remote Desktop Manager has three potential containers at the root: Sessions, Credentials and Macros/Scripts/Tools. They are purely virtual and are used to group various entries by family.

 

This topic is kept for information purposes only.  The visibility of those virtual root folders has been reversed, therefore they are not available when the default settings are used.  You can use options to bring them back if you have become dependent on them.

 

By default, the Sessions folder displays the name of the data source. To change this, go in File -> Options -> User Interface and un-check the option Show data source name in tree view.

 

By default, folders will only appear under the Sessions container.  They will also appear under the Credentials and Macros/Scripts/Tools containers but only when they are not empty.

 

Additionally, our folders have a Scope setting to only display them under for a specific virtual root.

 

Folder scope

Folder scope

 

You can find it on the advanced properties of the folder objects.  Choosing either Credentials or Macro/Script/Tool will display the folder only under the chosen virtual root.

 

Virtual folders

 

Remote Desktop Manager also supports "virtual" folders.  You create them by simply typing the name of a nonexistent folder directly in the Folder property of any entry. The thing to know is that if you edit the properties of these virtual folders, you transform them in physical ones.

 

There is no visual clue to differentiate between a physical and a virtual folder.  Only by looking at the logs or the database can we ascertain it's nature.

 

These virtual folders are often created during the initial deployment phase of Remote Desktop Manager because a lot of the data is imported.  Simply having a string in the Folder property of an entry will result in a folder being displayed.

 

Merging credentials or macros with sessions

 

For users with a large number of sessions that are organized by departments or customers, we recommend checking the Merge credential list with sessions option in File - Options - User Interface - Tree View.

 

For example, let's say you have one RDP session, one credential entry, and finally a macro.  You like to store them in the same folder, for our example we'll use Production.  This is what it looks like in the navigation pane when no options are enabled. Notice that you see 3 virtual folders and that the Production folder appears under all of them.  Remember, this is one physical folder displayed in three places.

 

No Merging

No Merging

 

Now, notice the change when you have Merge credential list with sessions checked (Only 2 virtual folders).  The Production folder is displayed under both of them.  The credential entry appears with the session.

 

Merging credentials with sessions

Merging credentials with sessions

 

Now let's say that you also want to Macros/Scripts/Tools to appear with the sessions, we have another option called Merge session tool list with sessions option in File - Options - User Interface - Tree View.  This will be the result. Macros/Scripts/Tools are by nature destined to be used against sessions, meaning that they take information from the session that is in context when you launch them.  Merging them with the sessions makes sense only when you exclusively use tools that are really targeted to a specific grouping of sessions.

 

Full merging under the Sessions folder

Full merging under the Sessions folder