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"It's almost an out of the box function once you have installed the other components.""I like that it works. In most cases, it's predictable. You know what you get.""The most valuable features are availability and security.""The most valuable feature is that it gives me full accessibility to my servers.""The most valuable features are the desktop session and desktop virtualization.""In terms of the valuable features, I like the profile, the new version is really good.""The most valuable feature is the remote application access.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use."

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"Simplicity of the interface is a valuable feature.""Its price and ease of use are the most valuable. It is simple and has good performance."

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"In the next release, I would like to see better performance over slower networks, and integration with Linux, but this is something that we're going to get out of Microsoft in terms of a unified solution.""Microsoft still has some really bad remote desktop appliance for Mac.""We are searching for a product with better remote access and remote sessions.""Security in the connection between us and our clients' servers is something that can be improved.""My customers are worried that the RDP protocol can be easily compromised and would like the option to use an alternative like Blast.""The DB card needs improvement. I have a lot of experience with other competitors and Citrix is better than VMware and Microsoft. Citrix has more extensive features.""There are problems with using Microsoft Teams within a virtual desktop on a mobile device.""I would like to be able to access the remote desktop using a web-based interface, rather than having to use the client."

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"If the solution crashes, then all the customers connected through that agent, lose their session.""Generally, it is a very good solution. The main thing that I would improve is their presence here in Mexico. They don't have strong local support here in Mexico. They should have a worldwide presence so that we don't have to do everything through the people in the US. The initial setup was a little bit complex because we were migrating from Citrix. For customers who are migrating from another platform like VMware or Citrix, it would be great if they can provide an automated migration solution."

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"The solution has a perpetual license and it is purchased upfront.""It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud.""Although not an expensive product, pricing is always something that can be improved.""It's not an expensive solution.""It's not an expensive product."

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"It is very affordable."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the remote application access.
Top Answer: It will probably cost about $500 USD to get the resources set up in the cloud.
Top Answer: There are problems with using Microsoft Teams within a virtual desktop on a mobile device. Specifically, if you are using Teams and conferencing, then there is no microphone capability. To be clear… more »
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Remote Desktop Services is a server role in Windows Server that provides technologies that enable users to access session-based desktops, virtual machine-based desktops, or applications in the data center from both within a corporate network and from the Internet. Remote Desktop Services enables a rich-fidelity desktop or application experience, and helps to securely connect remote users from managed or unmanaged devices. ApplicationServer delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.
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Bank Alfalah Ltd.Arsari Group _ PT Netmarks Indonesia, Izhevsk Elektromekhanicheskiy Zavod (IEMZ) _ Kupol, Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, Fylde Borough Council, YARSTROYREZE LLC, VSK Insurance House, Melenkovsky District of Vladimirskaya Oblast, Sofrigam SA, Antenna International, KingsGate Community Church, Norwegian American Hospital, Island Hotels Group, Medway Council, Medway Council, Voices of September 11th, MacDonald Training Center, Kansas Childrenês Service League, Scope,Next Generation Clubs, WTC Communications, Opera Australia, HSE Integrated, Danier, Bridgwater College, Kern County Mental Health, Tony Tiendas, Spears Manufacturing, Managed Insurance Services Inc., Intuitive Medical Software, M.J. Soffe, Mazda Motors, Israel Military Industries (IMI), Telfair, Upic Solutions, Teleflora, Fisher & Company
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm43%
Manufacturing Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Government14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government7%
Educational Organization6%
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Government18%
University18%
Local Government9%
Construction Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider22%
Computer Software Company18%
Educational Organization13%
Government7%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise50%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 10 reviews while Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 6th in Virtual Desktop with 2 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 7.8, while Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "It's predictable but they need to develop better support for remote desktops for alternative platforms". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "An excellent, simple interface for our customers; allows use of any browser on any platform". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, VMware Horizon View, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Workspace ONE and GoToMyPC, whereas Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon View, NVIDIA GRID, NComputing vSpace and VMware ThinApp. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) report.

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