SenseConnector – an RDP Client for Hyper-V and Azure

I like to get my fingers dirty with new Windows tools and technologies. Typically, I only believe what I see in my own test lab. This helps me both in my role as CTO for bluecue consulting and as an active member of the virtualization community. A typical scenario is that I install an entire proof of concept or demo environment with several VMs and connect to them by using the RDP/RemoteFX protocol. For this use case, I have checked out a number of different RDP clients, such as Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager, ASG-Remote Desktop (fka vRD), Devolution Remote Desktop Manager, rdesktop, Royal TS, mRemote, iShadow or iTap mobile. They all have their strengths, but none of them suits my particular requirements when installing test environments hosted on servers or laptops with Hyper-V. What I really need is a lean tool with some particular virtual lab manager and live demo features. The good news is that I was able to convince a developer team to build such an RDP client, called SenseConnector.

SenseConnector is now in its Community Technology Preview phase and will be publicly available in the near future. I truly believe that the feature set SenseConnector provides is ideal for many scenarios relevant to IT consultants, IT professionals, systems engineers, Cloud architects and developers. It easily manages groups of virtual machines and Windows sessions hosted on Microsoft Hyper-V and Azure. Tabbed connection windows, maximum screen real estate when interacting with remote sessions, intuitive credentials management, powerful grouping concepts and PowerShell support are the core features SenseConnector provides. The primary design goal was to simplify the user interface as much as possible and eliminate all unnecessary features – less is more. Over the last couple of months, I have successfully used beta versions of SenseConnector for PoCs and live demos at several industry events, such as BriForum, CUGtech or E2EVC.

Find more information about SenseConnector at www.sensesuite.com. And here’s a special offer valid until the end of October: If you want to get the latest Community Technology Preview version of SenseConnector, simply write me an email to senseconnector(at)drtritsch.com. Those of you who provide a product review or a test report will get a free full license of the final product as soon as it ships.

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