Anonymous UserSenior Software Analyst at a university
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the Windows ESXi infrastructure at the backend, and I'm able to create a session that I can attach to the VMware hooks at the backend, so one is running a VM, and the whole operating system is running on the actual Mac. The other one is literally a frontend to the VMs that are running in the infrastructure at the backend. These are the two main features I use."
"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."
"The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not cleaned up the snapshot before I deleted it and moved it across. So, when I tried to pull it up, it wouldn't let me bring it up. The backups for the VMs themselves can also be improved. I pretty much have to rely on Windows backups and not something on VMware. That's where it needs improvement. I am able to upload from my Fusion into the ESXi easily. I'm able to spin something up on Fusion and push it into the big arena, but the reverse is not as easy, that is, trying to pull something down from that. I would love to have a functionality where I could pull something from the VMware infrastructure into Fusion, but I'm not sure if I can take something from ESXi and pull it into Fusion."
"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."
"Its licensing is on a yearly basis. We're on the educational or academic license, and our terms are good. We're very happy with the pricing."
"Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost."
Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 12 reviews while VMware Fusion is ranked 8th in Virtual Desktop with 1 review. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 7.8, while VMware Fusion is rated 8.0. 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 VMware Fusion writes "Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with VMware Horizon View, TeamViewer, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon 7, VMware Workstation and VMware Workspace ONE.
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