Do You Still use RDM Version 6 or 7 — and Why?: February Poll

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Hello RDMers!
As you may know, last November we launched Remote Desktop Manager version 8. The response has been really great, and we’ve received a lot of comments about customers switching to the newest version, especially so they can take advantage of the cool new UI.
Last week, I was having lunch with our developers here at Devolutions. (We would have invited David, but he was busy hanging out with other CEOs from around the globe at MIT in Boston at the Entrepreneurship Development Program.)

Have you made the switch?

Anyway, during the lunch, we began talking about the great feedback we’ve received from users who made the switch to the latest RDM version. But we also started wondering why some people haven’t upgraded. And so it thought it would be simpler to ask all of you directly: Do you still use RDM version 6 or 7 – and why?

Help us help you!

Now, please understand that it’s PERFECTLY OKAY if you enjoy using RDM 6 or 7. We aren’t here to make you feel like a dinosaur or anything because you haven’t upgraded. We sincerely would like to know, so that we can better understand your needs and meet them. It’s really that simple.


This month, I’ll be giving away four RDM Enterprise licenses to randomly selected people who share their feedback.  Who knows? It could be you! Don’t miss your chance to switch to version 8 free of charge.
You can leave a comment below, share your answer on twitter @remotedeskman or send me an email at
As usual, I’ll share the results with you early next month.
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Maxime has extensive experience in product management, communication and advertising, and has spent the last several years helping renowned organizations bring their high-end solutions to customers worldwide. As Director of Marketing, Maxime leads Devolutions’ international market research and development efforts, along with customer relations and overall business development. He’s driven to bring innovative and cutting-edge solutions to Devolutions’ customers around the globe. Maxime earned his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Québec at Trois-Rivières, and regularly attends sales and marketing workshops to increase his knowledge and expertise.

Max TrottierDo You Still use RDM Version 6 or 7 — and Why?: February Poll
  • Jeff Laird

    We have a 5-user Enterprise license for v6 and it works as we need it to work. It’s hard to convince management to spend money on something that already works perfectly.

    • Maxime Trottier

      Congratulations Jeff! You are one of this month’s winner of a Remote Desktop Manager 8.0 Enterprise license. Thanks for sending me your email address at

  • Klopot

    The version 7 has better interface. There is one important thing missing in 8: the thin vertical arrow button that quickly hides/shows navigation tree on the left of main window.
    Beside the “ribbon” interface is really bad idea especially at panoramic displays and annoying for someone who likes to have all commonly used buttons and commands in their own places (not rolled out with ribbon).
    And of course v6/7 starts quicker.
    And as for now I don’t need any new features from v8.
    And v8 has issues with layout configuration. Hell no.. I have just permanently hide all the menus and navigatione tree… Sorry V8 goes to /dev/null…..

    • Maxime Trottier

      Congratulations Klopot! You are this month’s winner of a Remote Desktop Manager 8.0 Enterprise license. Please send me your email address at so I can provide your new serial key.


  • dhervieux


    I know that many people don’t like the ribbon and this is why RDM support the Classic mode ui. This is exactly the same UI than RDM7. Thank you for your comments

  • Anonymous

    I just know with V8, anytime I try to modify the layout it’s just a frustrating experience. Right now, I have no idea what the RDM layout should be. I have a big blank grey area covering 75% of the window. And can’t figure out how to get to just show me details like it used to. I’ve tried resetting the UI. But it’s very frustrating. I daily contemplate going back to an old version.

    • Maurice Cote


      The Window -> Reset Layout command will restore the application to its default state.

      We’re quick to answer if you post in the forums, do not hesitate to ask if you run into a snag.


    • Anonymous

      I have done many resets. Maybe its’ just me.

      But I should add that I find RDM (any version) indispensable and would not want to be without it. Being able to integrate with KeePass and have the easy access to all my servers saves me much time and lets me respond quicker to issues that come up and simply make accessing servers a pleasure.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still on v5.7.2.2 mainly due to not liking the new interface on later versions.

  • Anonymous

    We are also stuck with version again due to the never ending budget cuts that we seem to be facing and 7.0.3 works for us at the moment so cant persuade management to spend money in this area.

    • Maxime Trottier

      How many users are on your team?

  • Sinnwell

    We just had our first renewal of maintenance and I feel like for the five licenses we maintain, it is a very low cost for keeping current. The new features are fast and furious and we pretty much upgrade any time one of our Infrastructure team members says, “Hey, did you see that 8.x.x.x is out and has this awesome feature?” I still remember the day years ago when I had about 20 RDP sessions open and I thought to myself, “There has to be a way to manage these remote desktops better.” I Google’d “remote desktop manager” thinking I would find a bunch of tools to try and wade through their differences. Thankfully the first result was RDM and I loved it. I’ve tried many others over the years and always ended up coming back to RDM and finally made the purchase in 2012.

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  • Eraldo G.

    I would really like to update to latest version but we are stuck at 6.6 because of the free trial without time limit. Sorry, RDM really deserve to be purchased and I tried many times to convince management to buy at least a few licenses without luck.
    I just tried 8.1 and it’s far better than previous versions, now going back to 6.6

  • GFAD

    Um, I’ve never used RDM 6 or 7, because I started evaluating RDM (8) only a few days ago. My colleagues are/were using RDM 7 and like it very much. And so do I with RDM 8. It’s a real time saver, but no budget for it in 2013. :-|

  • SMG

    We are using RDM 8
    I started evaluating RDM since Version 6 and I can state, that 6&7 are a lot faster than 8.
    It seems that there are a few bottleneks that have to be solved in 8 to get it as fast as 6&7.
    Btw our environment: RDM-Server v2.0 @ Server2008R2 @ 2Cores/6GB-Ram & SQL2012Express, 25 Users

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