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Remote Desktop Interface Basics

The main Remote Desktop window (shown in Figure 1) is used for most management tasks. It consists of a list area on the right and a sidebar on the left. The sidebar contains computer lists, saved tasks, groups (which can contain computer lists or saved tasks), scanners (which are used to locate computers), task servers, currently active tasks, and the task history. There is also a toolbar at the top of the screen that contains several commonly used Remote Desktop commands.

Figure 1

Figure 1 Remote Desktop main window, showing the All Computers list

The sidebar enables you to display the various facets of Remote Desktop in the list area. Selecting the All Computers List displays all the computers that have been added to a Remote Desktop configuration. Selecting a specific computer list displays only those computers. Selecting a scanner enables you to search for computers on your network and add them to the Remote Desktop configuration. Selecting a task (be it a saved task, an active task, or a task from the task history) displays the details of that task. We’ll get to each of these specific items over the course of this series.

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