Thursday, February 12, 2015

Extending Windows URL handling for SSH, RDP, and SCP

Sometimes, I've thought how cool it would be if I could design a web page with links like rdp://someserver and have it open an RDP session to someserver. It seems like it would be a simple thing. Just like http:// and ftp://, rdp:// specifies what I want to do, and someserver specifies the server I want to do it to. Turns out it is.

I always thought it was a little dumb that this wasn't built into Windows, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work. I was excited when I found this article with the associated scripts to configure it. Immediately, I thought about putting all three on all my computers (scp, rdp, ssh). Running two batch files on all my computers seemed too bulky, so I combined them all into one:
Save this as a .bat file and get a copy of WinSCP and Putty in the same directory. Run the batch file with elevated privileges (Right Click >> Run As Administrator) and you should see three successful messages.
You should then be able to design pages where the following links actually do something on your local system:
rdp://myfavserver
ssh://mylinuxserver
scp://mylinuxserver

Afterword:
I've been thinking for a while now that I need to use XAMPP portable and just build my own administrative GUI for the NetQoS systems. Theoretically, it would allow you to view the health check reports that I've built (which I still need to sanitize and post) and perhaps a page that automatically renders an architecture diagram, complete with rdp:// links to all the Windows servers and ssh:// links to all the Linux servers. I would also include all my browser view based tools for NPC. It's just an unhatched idea in my brain right now. Every time I think about it, I think how awesome it could be and how much work it would end up being.