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RPORT: Free and Open source remote management tool

Rport

RPort is a Remote Management (RMM) Software that immediately boosts the efficiency of IT teams and MSPs by giving them the tools to manage all their IT systems – from one simple, intuitive interface, from anywhere. It helps you to manage dozens or hundreds of servers and desktops efficiently from a central dashboard. I’m focusing on Windows support, but RPort supports Linux as well. Rport consists of two parts, a central server, and the clients. Both are free software and the server is intended to be self-hosted. With RPORT, you can use your favorite Remote Desktop or SSH client, or you run everything in your browser. One single control center manages it all!

With RPort You Can perform the following actions as discussed below
- Efficiently manage your entire IT infrastructure from your browser, the command line, or via a REST API
- Securely log into any Windows or Linux server without a public IP address from your desktop
- Manage routers, switches, printers, or IoT devices, from wherever you are without a VPN

The server comes with a web-based user interface, and each managed system needs the report client installed. Once the client and server are connected, you can do almost every task from the web console. Kingly take a look at the video below for more information.

Rport is made for LAN and WAN connections. If you install the RPort server – like I did – on Azure, you can securely manage remote systems on any location over a public internet connection. [Link Installing RPort on Azure]. Rport is an all-in-one remote management suite for heterogeneous environments. Rport addresses three basic needs of a sysadmin:

  • Fast and secure remote access from everywhere
  • Script execution from a central dashboard
  • Automation of common tasks

There is one notable difference from Microsoft System Center. RPort does not require an Active Directory. You can manage systems even if they are members of different AD Domains. The user interface is clear and lean. It gives you a nice overview of your inventory. One major function is the so-called tunnels. The client creates reverse tunnels on demand. With just one click, you can access the remote desktop of any machine, even if they are behind a firewall and without a public IP address. But for my home lab, I don’t need this feature.

The other major feature is scripting from a central place. Have you ever tried to set up PowerShell Remoting? A nightmare. With Rport you can execute a PowerShell script directly from the browser. On a single machine or on many machines in parallel. That makes software deployment, applying local group policies, and almost every task comfortable and efficient.

With RPORT, you can perform remote management of anything from your browser within minutes. This actually enables you to manage your entire infrastructure via one easy-to-use dashboard. Servers, routers, IoT devices. Windows, Linux. Behind firewalls, Rport connects them all securely. Rport allows you to securely remote access device in your intranet via

- SSH
- Remote Desktop
- VNC
- Telnet
- Web-based user interfaces
- Any TCP based protocol can be made accessible like SMB (Windows file sharing), network printing, HTTP APIs, webservers.

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Launch your own private rport server instantly or
Get a fully managed instance on your own cloud server instantly. We do all the troublesome work for you. Then connect your devices to your own fixed public ip address. Note, all data is stored on encrypted hard disks and can connect up to 500 devices, unlimited concurrent sessions (tunnels).

I’ll continue testing RPort because the first test gave good results. It saved me a lot of time setting up the servers in my home lab. I’m always surprised what you can do just with free software. Here are the two PowerShell scripts I used for the parallel execution.

Install 7Zip

iwr https://7-zip.org/a/7z1900-x64.msi -OutFile 7z1900-x64.msi
msiexec /i 7z1900-x64.msi /quiet /qn /norestart
sleep 10
Remove-Item -Path 7z1900-x64.msi -Force
if (Test-Path "C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe") {
   Write-Host "7zip installed"
}
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Install Notepad++

if (Test-Path "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" -PathType leaf) {
   Write-Host "Notepad++ is already installed."
}
else {
   cd $env:Temp
   iwr https://notepad-plus-plus.org/repository/7.x/7.0/npp.7.Installer.x64.exe -OutFile npp.7.Installer.x64.exe
   .\npp.7.Installer.x64.exe /S
   sleep 10
   rm npp.7.Installer.x64.exe -Force
   New-Item -ItemType SymbolicLink -Path "C:\Users\Public\Desktop\" -Name "notepad++.lnk" -Value "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe"
   Write-Host "Notepad++ installed"
}
Screenshot-2021-11-10-at-22.40.29

I hope you found this piece useful. For more information on Rport, kindly visit this link.

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Howard A Story
Howard A Story
24 days ago

Why would you delete the installer before checking to see if the program is installed?

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