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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat Apps
Arguably the most useful part of the Office suite, Remote Desktop Connection is available as a free, separate download from Microsoft. The standard installation process will automatically install a bunch of background stuff that you arguably don't need, for instance, the auto-updater, crash reporter, and office dock package. Following this simple hint will allow you to install RDC without the added bloat and annoying auto-update popups.
  • Mount the .dmg you downloaded from Microsoft's Mactopia site.
  • Ctrl+click or right click on the RDC Installer package and choose 'Show Package Contents.'
  • Drill down to /Contents/Packages. You will see four installer packages. Copy the Office2011_en_rdc.pkg installer to your desktop.
  • Unmount (eject) the disk image and run the installer you just copied.
Everything should work normally, with the exception of no extra processes running in the background. This hint is obviously most useful to users wanting to run RDC, but not the full Office suite, and especially to sysadmins wishing to operate with RDC in a cleaner environment.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. The current version of RDC is 2.1, which was a slight update for me.]
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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: IhabHussein on Mar 28, '11 07:47:48AM
As an alternative, you can try the open source CoRD which is lighter and allows several concurrent connections (unlike Microsoft's client last I checked)

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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: jyu on Mar 29, '11 06:52:54AM

Microsoft RDC does allow multiple connections -- to different computers or even to the same computer (Terminal Server) with different user account. This feature has been available for many years.



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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: mchagers on Mar 29, '11 09:02:20AM

I was going to suggest CoRD as well.
Even though officially still in beta, this application is miles better that the Microsoft version which is arguably one of the worst pieces of Mac software ever created.
If you don't believe me, try starting it up and opening a previously saved connection settings file, editing a few of the settings and then logging in with those saved settings.
This cannot be done without quitting and restarting RDC at least once.



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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: prichardson on Mar 30, '11 02:03:54AM

I would also recommend CoRD. Why waste time trimming the bloat from another application when CoRD comes bloat free out of the box?



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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: WilGeno on Mar 29, '11 09:19:58AM

I downloaded this yesterday, tried to do this today. The package, Office2011_en_rdc.pkg, is not part of the download.

I've been using the Microsoft RDC that you can download from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client

As a web application developer I have to connect to Windows servers a lot. This lets me connect to multiple servers at a time, lets me save profiles per server and per login type. I am curious to know if the RDC that comes with Office is different than the one you can just download from MS? Anyone know?



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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: mtaylorGT on Mar 29, '11 04:04:55PM
As the hint says, Office2011_en_rdc.pkg is located inside of RDC Installer.pkg. Right click on RDC Installer.pkg in the dmg you downloaded and choose "Show Package Contents." As far as I know, it's the same RDC included with MS office. You can save shortcuts for each server/user configuration you want; I keep mine in a folder on the dock for easy access. You might want to look into the free CoRD application mentioned by some other commenters, as it has a "library" approach to the organization of such profiles.

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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: orr721 on Mar 30, '11 10:27:52AM

how is this different from downloading RDC2.1_ALL.dmg directly at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads?pid=Mactopia_RDC&fid=68346E0D-44D3-4065-99BB-B664B27EE1F0#viewer ???



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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: mtaylorGT on Apr 04, '11 02:41:04PM

It requires *part* of that file. If you run the default installer, you get a bunch of extra bloat added to your system. Read the hint for more details.



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Install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection without the bloat
Authored by: orr721 on Apr 04, '11 04:24:31PM

ok, thanks, I get it now. however, it's not clear to me how to remove the "bloat" once you already installed RDC the classical way.

anyway the autoupdater seems to run only while the RDC is running and I have not seen any "annoying popups" yet. the dock app seems to be relevant only during install process. not sure about the MERP apps, but they did not show up in the process list on my system.



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