RDSMon: Monitor RDS usage
View Virtual Application & Virtual Desktop usage without installing an agent
XenApp & XenDesktop, RemoteApp, VDI & Terminal Services, Big IP etc. All of these great products are built upon one underlying Windows service. One powerful, flexible & efficient service - RDS or Remote Desktop Services. RDS is used to stream applications and entire desktops to company PCs, thin clients, tablets, phones, fridges, toasters etc. (Okay, I made up the toasters one. But I have seen Microsoft Word running on a fridge!)
All of this flexibility presents a problem to IT departments. They often don't fully understand who's using what applications, from where and from what devices. This can result in hidden security and software licensing risk. Traditionally IT might address this risk by deploying an access control product like AppSense or a dedicated software metering product like our own inventory and license management service at Sam360.
However, sometimes that’s just not possible. Maybe budgets or timeframes don’t permit it. Sometimes IT just does not want to deploy another agent. In such cases, maybe a snapshot of software usage is sufficient - Who's using what software and from what devices NOW. With a small number of snapshots over a period of time, it's possible to get a pretty clear picture of remote application usage across an organisation.
RDSMon is a light weight tool that we developed at Sam360 to provide these snapshots. It's a simple command line application. You tell it which server to query and it produces a CSV file with one record per application being used remotely. The information gathered includes user name, application and product name, terminal name and IP address etc.
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
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C:\Users\jon.mulligan> RDSMon.exe /Server Antares
TerminalName TerminalIP User Caption Product
HOMEPC 192.168.0.19 jon.mulligan chrome.exe Google Chrome
HOMEPC 192.168.0.19 jon.mulligan WINWORD.EXE Microsoft Office 2013
Jons iPad 10.1.0.112 jon.mulligan OUTLOOK.EXE Microsoft Office 2013
Jons iPad 10.1.0.112 jon.mulligan lync.exe Microsoft Office 2013
Karls iPhone 10.1.0.89 karl.odoherty explorer.exe Microsoft Windows Operating System
We're not opening the source of the tool (just yet anyway) but we are making it free to use under a BSD style permissive license, so please download it, check it out and let us know what you think!